L.A. County expands ban on smoking in unincorporated areas, includes e-cigarettes and cannabis

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance expanding prohibitions on smoking on county property and in and around bars and restaurants in unincorporated areas.

The ordinance includes e-cigarettes and cannabis and will take effect in 30 days.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who championed the effort to update county codes, said last week the ordinance was written to cover yet-to-be-developed technologies that deliver nicotine, cannabis or tobacco.

The ordinance aims to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.

In unincorporated areas, the ordinance prohibits smoking on public beaches, in public elevators, at bus stops, in museums and libraries and the public areas of theaters. The ban also applies within 25 feet of outdoor seating areas of bars and restaurants.

Smoking will also be banned at all county parks with exceptions for actors and models during production.

The no-smoking zone extends 50 feet from the entrance of any county building, in county parking facilities and at the driving range or outdoor eating areas of all county golf courses. All county vehicles will be non-smoking.

Existing code sets fines of $10 to $100 for smoking in a posted no-smoking area.

CNS contributed to this report.