Beverly Hills Smoking Ban Considered
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Officials in Beverly Hills will vote on a smoking ban for outdoor diners. The proposal prohibits smoking at restaurant patios and poolside bars and eateries at hotels.

It would be similar to outdoor smoking bans adopted in Burbank, Calabasas and Santa Monica.

Opponents say the proposed ban could prompt smokers to eat at restaurants in nearby Los Angeles or West Hollywood, where smoking
is allowed outdoors. They say that would cost Beverly Hills sales tax revenue.

The proposal calls for city staff to evaluate the effects of the measure. If the ban causes too many problems, the City Council can repeal
the ordinance before May 31, next year.

Created: 5/29/2007 6:06:56 AM
Updated: 5/29/2007 12:23:14 PM