Tonight the city council of Calabasas, Calif. banned smoking in ALL public places. This includes OUTSIDE areas including parks, sidewalks, camping areas, etc.
The only areas one can now smoke is in their private residence, on their private balcony but not in a common area, or in their car (so long as they don't exhale out the window). (there are other areas but not sure of the full ins and outs of the ordinance)
The new ordinance takes effect in 30 days and can lead to a $250 fine for infractions.
California has had a ban for a long time of smoking in restaurants and then finally in bars, dance halls, etc. but this is the first time a city has banned all public smoking.
Whenever I travelled back east, I was always surprised when I went out to eat to get asked "smoking" or "non-smoking section" because it was just so common not to have to put up with smoking in restaurants.
Personally, as a non-smoker who finds smoking pretty disgusting and pretty stupid, I like the new Calabasas law. But I was wondering what others here (especially smokers) might think.
PS: before you argue that cigarrettes are a legal product and thus one should be allowed to use them anywhere, consider that other legal products, most notably alchohol, cannot be legally consumed in public in many localities.