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West Hollywood Proposes Sweeping New Smoking Ban

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(credit: Marco Garcia/AP)

(credit: Marco Garcia/AP)

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — The city of West Hollywood will consider a new ordinance banning smoking in public areas.

The first review of the proposed ordinance will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Some believe the outdoor smoking ban is a bit too intrusive.

The major provisions of the proposed ordinance include smoking being banned at outdoor dining areas of restaurants, but bars and nightclubs will be exempt. Two hookah cafes will also be exempt. The ordinance also creates a “no-smoking buffer zone” around covered outdoor dining and service areas. The ordinance will also encourage hotels to establish smoke-free pool areas through incentives.

If adopted, the smoking ordinance would become effective in January 2012.

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