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L.A. City Council to consider smoking ban at outdoor cafes

January 20, 2010 |  6:00 am

The Los Angeles City Council is expected today to consider a ban on smoking in the city’s outdoor cafes. The proposed ordinance would prohibit smoking within 10 feet of outdoor restaurant patios and gardens, and within 40 feet of a mobile food truck.

Smoking is already banned at city beaches, parks and within 25 feet of playgrounds, bleachers, sports fields and picnic areas. The proposed ordinance on outdoor dining areas, which was sponsored by Councilman Greig Smith, would take effect after a one-year grace period in which restaurants would be required to post signs informing customers of the new law.

Bars, nightclubs serving 18-and-older customers, and buildings where private events are being held would be exempt from the new regulations.  The maximum fine for violations would be $250.

-- Maeve Reston at City Hall