Council Approves Tough Anti-Smoking Ordinance
The City Council has given final approval to a tough new anti-smoking ordinance that goes beyond state law, including a citywide ban on cigarette machines and the first effort in the county to outlaw cigarette displays that are not behind checkout counters.
The ordinance approved late Monday also requires sales clerks to check the identification of anyone buying tobacco who appears to be younger than 21, and bans smoking in large hotel lobbies.
Council members said the new restrictions are needed to prevent young people from smoking. State law prohibits smoking in most public places, including bars, restaurants and workplaces. It also bans cigarette vending machines from all places except those with liquor licenses.
Although health advocates applauded the move, some business owners Monday night challenged the need for more regulation. The City Council voted 6-0, with Councilman William Paparian absent.