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Hermosa Beach may ban outdoor patio smoking

A woman is seen smoking a cigarette in this file photo.

January 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The city of Hermosa Beach, one of the first cities to ban smoking on the beach, may further restrict smoking in public.

Two city councilmen are working on an ordinance to ban smoking on outdoor dining patios.

A final ordinance could be ready for a vote by September.

City leaders say the measure is needed to eliminate the effects of secondhand smoke and to protect public health.

A county report released in 2010 shows that the smoking rate in Hermosa Beach is among the highest in the area.