Councilman R. Craig Scott's attempt to strengthen the state's new anti-smoking law with a ban on smoking in all Laguna Hills bars failed this week when only one council member supported his proposal.
Scott's motion at Thursday's council meeting failed 3 to 2, with Scott and Councilman Randal J. Bressette voting in favor. Mayor Joel T. Lautenschleger and Councilwomen Melody Carruth and Cindy Greengold voted against it.
"The council has identified tobacco smoke as a public health hazard," said Scott, who was the primary backer of the city's 1993 tough anti-smoking law. "Bars are a workplace just like restaurants."
State law bans smoking in all enclosed workplaces, except for bars, businesses with five or fewer employees, and other work sites. Bars are exempt until Jan. 1, 1997, or until state or federal agencies establish ventilation standards for bars, whichever comes first.