Long Beach Bans Smoking In All City Parks

LONG BEACH (AP) — Smoking is now banned in all city parks.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to outlaw smoking in parks and other outdoor areas, including picnic areas, playgrounds, sports or playing fields, walking paths, gardens, hiking trails, and bike paths. Smoking was already illegal on city beaches.

City Council Votes To Ban Smoking In All City Parks In Long Beach, KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports.

Golf courses and film crews are exempt.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram says golf courses were exempt because of potential revenue losses and little impact on children.

Violators face a $100 fine the first time, a $200 fine for a second violation within a year and a $500 fine for all subsequent violations within one year of a previous offense.

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  • FSW

    Are you kidding me!!! “Golf courses and film crews are exempt”???? Why?!

  • JC

    Socialism is really underway….

    Why is it OK for people to have camp fires, drive cars, use poisonous chemicals and the thousands of other activities that generate pollution???

    People you may not like smoking but to ban it is a slippery slope as you allow our government to say what you can and can not do. Do you want to spend money paying the police to watch all open spaces looking for someone having a smoke?

    These anti outside smoking laws sound like a violation of peoples rights…

    Where are the attorney’s to stop this endless loss of our civil rights???

  • Mw

    Good what about the rights of the children who are playing at the park everybody talks about peoples rights arent they people? As a Cancer patient developed from 2nd hand smoke Im glad somebody is looking out for the future generations! Now to make it statewide….

  • Michael in El Segundo

    They did not BAN smoking, just smoking in parks.

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