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L.A. council considers outdoor smoking ban

November 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The city of Los Angeles may soon be placing stricter smoking restrictions in all public and common areas where people congregate. 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.