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Burbank smoking ban hot issue

first_imgNot surprisingly, smokers were fuming over the proposal. “It’s nonsense,” said Jessicka Martinez, puffing on a cigarette on the sidewalk outside a downtown hair salon where she works. “We’re in a public area. We’re outside. I’m not smoking around people. It’s not as bad a problem as exhaust from cars.” In a report recommending the ban, city staff members said the ordinance is aimed at striking a balance between addressing the needs of smokers and protecting the public health by addressing the health risks to nonsmokers of exposure to secondhand smoke. The DeBell Golf Course is exempt from the proposal, as secondhand smoke exposure is not believed to be a problem in an outdoor facility where players are spread far apart, the staff report said. Local activists Eric Michael Cap and Robert Phipps first suggested the ban in October, and found supporters on the council, including Mayor Todd Campbell. But some local merchants, especially restaurant and bar operators, are leery that the ordinance could cut into business. Joe Georges, whose family owns a downtown cafe and restaurant that offers hookahs – water pipes used to smoke fruit-flavored tobacco – said passage of the ordinance would destroy his livelihood. “My family will be financially devastated,” he said. “The only reason people come to my place is the hookah.” The proposal comes just more than a year after the city of Calabasas enacted one of the nation’s toughest municipal smoking bans, which extends to all public places, apartment common areas, restaurants and bars, with few exceptions. At Tuesday’s meeting, Calabasas City Councilman Barry Groveman said fears about lost business due to a smoking ban never came to pass. “You might hear, `the sky is falling,”‘ Groveman said. “I’m here to tell you the sky is up, the sky is blue and the air is clean.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – A tough proposal to snuff out smoking in outdoor public areas sparked a fiery debate Tuesday as City Council members weighed concerns over public health with the rights of individuals to light up. The council heard testimony from more than 50 residents evenly divided between supporters and opponents of the ban. Council members had not voted on the issue as of late Tuesday. “If you put it all together, you can’t smoke anywhere in Burbank,” said Stephanie Wescott. “There is no common sense.” Smoking is currently banned inside auditoriums and theaters, public waiting rooms at clinics and hospitals, libraries and other designated areas. The proposed Secondhand Smoke Control Ordinance would extend that ban to all city parks and facilities, including sidewalks, alleys, plazas in downtown, the Chandler Bikeway, while waiting in lines outdoors, on public transit and at stations, public events and shows, pedestrian areas of outdoor malls and elevators. It also would outlaw smoking within 20 feet of these areas. Violators would be cited for a misdemeanor. Also pegged for the ban are apartment and condominium common areas, though the city staff recommended against that. Local businesses and property owners can designate smoking areas that comply with the ordinance. Amy Weyand, a Burbank resident for 25 years, said she is allergic to cigarette smoke and supports the ordinance. “If you stand in line (at) the theater, people are allowed to smoke,” Weyand said, while waiting to get into Tuesday’s meeting. “Smoke in your house and smoke in the car, that’s my feeling.” last_img