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.