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City Smoking Ban Expands Today

Lighting up is now outlawed within 100 feet of parks and beaches.

Starting today smokers in Newport Beach will have to keep their habit away from the city's parks and beaches.

A law approved last month by the Newport Beach City Council went into effect today, expanding the town's previous smoking ban. Smoking is now prohibited within 100 feet of city parks, park facilities and beaches. According to a city staff report, banning smoking around the specified recreational areas is intended to help reduce exposure to second-hand smoke for people spending time at the beaches and parks.

Smoking was already banned on beaches, the boardwalk, public piers and within 25 feet of a playground or within 20 feet of community centers and public buildings. The ban does not apply to a person smoking in an alleyway or in a vehicle being driven on a public street, alley or in a parking lot.

What do you think about the expanded smoking ban? Tell us in the comments.

jim jones March 29, 2012 at 05:58 PM
what a joke??? "Honey call 911, smoker on a patio next to the beach, on a skateboard with a dog off it's leash!!!" what a waste of tax payers money!
PBC March 29, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Frankly there ARE far more carcinigens than secondhand smoke which serves the purpose of diverting REAL/FULL fledged attention away from such other true culprits but it comes down to $$$ and economics/industry and frankly, just who IS paying attention!! Check out something as simple as the formaldehyde fould in carpeting and other home laden naterials !!
PBC March 29, 2012 at 06:19 PM
...forgot to add HURUMPHABLE regarding more public/government induced regulation upon ALL ...by some of the ones who complain the loudest of such as 'goverment' over regulation/etc unless it particularly suites 'their'preferred preference/etcin whatever the matter... !!
Nuna March 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I used to frequent Newport Beach's restaurants and watering holes. I guess I'll have to find a less stringent city so my beach smoking doesn't give any residents any smoking related diseases.
Arthur White March 29, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I don't smoke, but I can't help but wonder how big a problem smoking really is in Newport? Seems pretty uncommon as it is, doesn't it? Are there flash mobs of smokers that I'm constantly missing? You'd think we were living in a Mad Men episode by the attention this gets.
John Johnstone March 30, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Who's gonna measure the 100 feet and paint a line in the sidewalk?
dena March 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
so the police are going to have a "non-smoking enforcing unit" ride along side the "gang unit" lol.....lmao oh my god that is soooo newport beach. forget the bad people doing bad things in newport like umm burglaries, domestic violence, child abuse etc etc.
Erica Lynn Watson-Currie March 30, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Good riddance!
skycat April 01, 2012 at 12:50 AM
This is just a taste of what you will get under Obamacare. Jumping through hoops for junk science.
PBC April 01, 2012 at 05:02 PM
PUH-leeze ...leave the nonsense that this regulation is DUE to 'Obamacare" which if paying attention YOU likely benefit FROM and DUE to its inception that DOES give some relief whereas IF dissected/retracted will leave YOU and ALL with far higher bills for medical coverage and/or even medical care availability for YOU or YOURS/etc...!!
Esanchez April 02, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Shut up about obama dont be jealous. When you have a family and your kids get sick from second hand smoke you will not be singing the same tune. I just wish they would ban it in apts in lake forest so my kids don't have to be exposed anymore. I didn't have a choice as a kid living with 2 parents that were heavy smokers and smoked inside.
PBC April 02, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Perhaps should be far more conerned regarding the mixtures that you and yours waft in in regard to materials that go into carpeting/cookware/foodstuff/ground/water/car interiors/your clothing, detergents and well the list is ad infintum and thensome and far more than 'secondhand smoke' interface !!

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