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No smoking in Pasadena -- not even at the Rose Parade

October 21, 2008 | 12:30 pm

No_smoking_zone It's official -- smoking outdoors in non-residential parts of Pasadena, including at ATMs, on movie lines, in shopping areas and even at the annual Rose Parade is illegal. The Pasadena City Council passed the law last night, and it takes effect in 30 days. Here's info from the Star-News:

Violators would be fined $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second and $500 for third or subsequent violations, according to staff reports. Smoking in parks is already prohibited in the city.

Smoking in parking lots, alleyways, and outside of service entrances or other non-public building entrances would still be permitted, according to Dr. Takashi Wada, of the city's Public Health Department.

The ordinance could take effect in 30 days, though the city intends to conduct a publicity campaign to inform residents, said Wada. He added that campaign could take several months to complete. Every council member in attendance at the meeting voted in favor of the ban.

After previous meetings where there was strong rhetoric both in favor and against the ordinance, almost 20 people spoke in support of the ordinance, and nobody spoke against it.

New Year's resolutions that include kicking tobacco will be that much easier to stick to for Rose Parade fans, for a few hours, anyway.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Photo: George Wilhelm / Los Angeles Times