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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.

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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