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Outdoor smoking may be banned in West Hollywood

December 24, 2009 |  5:00 am

West Hollywood is moving toward banning outdoor smoking and has directed city staff members to draft an ordinance that would prohibit such activity in outdoor areas of dining establishments. But business owners and those from West Hollywood's bustling nightclub industry say the regulation would hurt the local economy.

Read more in the WeHo News:

Following in the region’s wake, Mayor Abbe Land, the co-executive director of the Saban Free Clinic and a long-time health advocate, joined with constitutional law professor Mayor Pro Tem John Heilman in a resolution to direct the city attorney to draft a ban on smoking in the city’s dining and clubbing outdoor smoking areas that “will create a more enjoyable atmosphere to the public.”

Opposition to the measure came primarily from an admittedly “upset” council member John Duran, a criminal defense attorney, who pulled the item from the consent calendar for discussion and a vote. He called the proposed prohibition “antithetical to what we are as a city,” and dangerous to the city’s economy.