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Outdoor smoking ban considered

October 27, 2009|Maeve Reston

A proposed smoking ban in outdoor dining areas is back before the City Council after months of deliberation.

Introduced in mid-2008, the ordinance would bar customers from lighting up within a 10-foot radius of outdoor seating areas at restaurants and food courts. Under the current draft, smoking would also be prohibited within a 40-foot radius of mobile food trucks and refreshment kiosks.

The rules would exempt bars, nightclubs for the 18-and-older crowd, and venues closed to the public for private events.

If the City Council approves the ban, there will be a six-month public education period before the rules are enforced.

-- Maeve Reston

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 55 words Type of Material: Correction
Anti-smoking ordinance: An article in some editions of Tuesday's Section A about a proposed ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas being considered by the Los Angeles City Council said the no-smoking radius around food kiosks and mobile food trucks would be 40 miles. The proposed no-smoking zone around those businesses would be 40 feet.

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