Coronado approves smoking ban

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CIGSCORONADO, Calif. — The city of Coronado is ready to clear the air.

Tuesday, the city council voted 3-2 in favor of a comprehensive smoking ordinance to ban smoking in public places.  The city said it took action because so many residents complained about second-hand smoke and cigarette butts littering the landscape.

A city survey showed two-thirds of Islanders in favor of a ban.

“Outside of restaurants, the doors — when you go to the beach, that’s one of the worst things you see — cigarette butts.  I think it’s a huge pollutant,” said Jewelee Rossi, a supporter of the ban.

The ordinance will cover beaches, parks and sidewalks.  Restaurants are already smoke-free, except for patios.  But the ban will include restaurant and cafe patios on city property.

“We’re very pleased with the outcome and it’s going to go a long way to protecting the health of Coronado residents and visitors – and increase the attractiveness of Coronado as a tourist or visitor destination,” said Lorenzo Higley of Communities Against Substance Abuse, an organization that worked with the city on the ordinance.

The ordinance is set to begin January 1 — with a $100 fine for a first-time violation.

Several cities in San Diego County already have similar smoking bans in place.

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