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L.A. Council bans restaurant patio smoking

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 21, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously adopted an ordinance that bans smoking in restaurant patios and other businesses that serve food while they're open to the public.In a 12-0 vote, the council members adopted the ban, which is designed to limit the risk to the public from second-hand smoke. The ordinance now needs the mayor's approval.

The ban takes effect a year from the date the mayor signs the ordinance. The first year will be devoted to a public education campaign about the ban.

Under the ordinance, any business with an outdoor eating area, including food kiosks, mobile food trucks and food carts must post a no-smoking sign. Smoking will not be allowed within 40 feet of the business.

The ban does not include bars, nightclubs or restaurants that are closed for private parties.