L.A. council considers outdoor smoking ban

LOS ANGELES The city council considered a ban on indoor and outdoor businesses, hotels, parks, apartment common areas, restaurants and bars, and beaches.

Councilman Barnard Parks, who proposed the ordinance, said smoking is a voluntary addiction that is not protected by the Constitution.

He believes that creating a clean environment will get rid of secondhand smoke as the foremost cause of preventable health disease in America.

This ordinance is anticipated to be modeled after those in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Calabasas.

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