HERMOSA BEACH (CBS) — Police on Tuesday began targeting smokers in Hermosa Beach in places where they have traditionally been allowed to enjoy a cigarette.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports on a new anti-smoking campaign that has divided the local community.

The ordinance based on similar ones enacted in Santa Monica and Calabasas prohibits smoking at the Pier Plaza, along The Strand bicycle path, in outdoor dining areas, public parks, and even parking lots.

While smoking along the beach was outlawed back in 2006, public reaction to the new law has been mixed, with some nonsmokers appealing to fairness for both sides.

“I think smokers should have a place to go, just not in my backyard,” said one man.

Another resident argued that the ban seeks to protect more people than just those in the affected areas.

“So many parking lots are close to eating establishments and places where you don’t want to necessarily deal with smoking, so I think that’s fine,” he said.

Smokers who light up in prohibited areas could face fines ranging from $100 up to $500.

Comments (7)
  1. arglebargle says:

    If you are in your car, they can’t do anything. Take that Man!

    1. GROWAPAIR says:

      Hey arglebargle, been said before, over eighteen you can make your own decisions, but pu$$Y dumbf**ks like you still living off their mama’s t!t don’t understand that. Having your mama lock you up in your bedroom is no problem since the t!t is still there and the brain cell you’re burning does no good. Now all she needs to do is take away the internet. And, if any of you dumbf**ks could read the money is not for the family. Involuntary confinement is the responsibility of the State, dumbsh!ts.

      1. Mike says:

        wg//af, GROWAPAIR (a.k.a. mike)
        Sure you will, you had two chances to meet me, and you had excuses for both. I even told you i would drive the 100 mile round trip (another excuse) and still you coudn’t get it together. You’re one excuse after an another, just like all of your posts “same ol thing.”
        I hope those cops are enjoying their paid vacations, even the poilce are innocent until proven guilty. So hopefully, they can take a little more out of your welfare check, so those cops can stay on paid vacation for a few more days.

  2. MelissaP says:

    Umm, isn’t this supposed to be for the above story? Take your “big ones” fight elsewhere please, and let’s focus on the fact that all our rights are being stomped on, as smokers, by people who are afraid they might catch a whiff of someone else’s garbage other than their own?

  3. theresa says:

    so lets boycott hermosa beach…..that easy
    but ill bet you can drive to the bowling alley….and have a couple drinks….
    then get in your car and drive……
    and rob reiner i boycott him too!

  4. kris says:

    This is not your backyard.
    This is our world.
    You stink and your wife is a Bigfoot. Take our little freedoms like this and we all will
    Take a vengeance on your personal property.

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