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Hermosa Beach bans smoking in parks, pier, outdoor dining areas

March 1, 2012 | 11:14 am

Photo:In this file photo from February 2011, Andrew Minc, 24, from Manhattan Beach, runs along a deserted Hermosa Beach Pier during his planned 18-mile run in the South Bay as the rain began to fall. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times
Hermosa Beach is banning smoking on its pier, public parks, outdoor dining areas and the Pier Plaza, the center of the downtown commercial district.

The moves puts the city among scores of California cities that have toughened anti-smoking laws to include outdoor areas such as parks.

The new anti-smoking ordinance in Hermosa Beach, effective Thursday, carries fines from $100 to $500, and the city can issue criminal misdemeanor complaints after the third ticket.

“The small minority who smoke in public places threatens the health and safety of the majority of our residents, visitors and workers who don’t smoke,” Hermosa Beach Mayor Howard Fishman said in a statement.

Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Duclos cited a statistic that the new rules protect the 87% of Californians that do not smoke.

“They are entitled by law to full and equal enjoyment of public accommodations,” Duclos said in a statement.

Other cities have toughened up anti-smoking laws recently.

Los Angeles about a year ago enacted an ordinance banning smoking within 10 feet of outdoor dining areas and food carts and within 40 feet of food carts and mobile food trucks. Bars and 18-and-over nightclubs with outdoor areas were exempt from that law.

West Hollywood last year voted to enact a ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas, except bars, nightclubs and two hookah cafes; in 2010, Long Beach joined the ranks of cities banning smoking in city parks, on sports fields and hiking trails.


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Photo: A lone jogger runs on the Hermosa Beach Pier on a wet morning last February; smoking will be banned on the pier and several other public places in the city. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times