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Smoking ban now in effect in Hermosa Beach

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

March 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A smoking ban is now in effect in Hermosa Beach, which has the highest smoking rates in Los Angeles County.

The ban forbids all smoking in public outdoor locations, like dining areas, local parks and the pier.

It even bans restaurants from giving out matchbooks.

The Hermosa Beach City Council approved the ban Last October.

Violators could face a fine up to $500.