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County to vote on smoking ban in parks

Posted: June 3, 2009 10:35 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The County moved one step closer to placing a ban on smoking in Los Angeles County parks.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed county staff members to draft a smoking ban for county parks and return with the legislation for a final vote in 90 days, said Tony Bell, spokesman for Fifth District Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

"This proposal is beneficial to the community and anyone who uses county parks," Bell said. "There are health and safety concerns with allowing smoking in county parks."

Bell noted that cigarettes pose a fire hazard in Los Angeles County parks. He also noted the unsightly litter from cigarette butts.

The legislation introduced by Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will return for a final vote in 90 days. If it is approved, there is no set date for when a smoking ban would take effect, Bell said.


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