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Surf and Sun, but No Smoke in Santa Monica

March 29, 2004

"Lighting Up at Beach Is Banned," March 25: Santa Monica has spoken. Cigarette smokers are no longer welcome. Too bad. I used to enjoy Santa Monica's many attractions. As a person who loves pristine beaches, I always deposited butts in trash cans along with all of the other debris I picked up in my area, left by nonsmokers who couldn't be bothered with the remains of their meals. I will sadly acquiesce to the city's desires by leaving not one cent of my money within its borders. I will encourage others, visitors and locals alike, to do the same. Perhaps then the City Council can turn from regulating the law-abiding to dealing with some of the gang activity on its east end.

Vickie Burns-Sikora

West Hollywood

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Kudos to the Santa Monica City Council. One more blow is struck against the pathetic habit and public nuisance known as smoking.

Stephanie Schwartz

Culver City

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