- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 22, 2006

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — One of the strictest tobacco bans in the nation recently went into effect in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas, making smoking off limits in public places where someone else might be exposed to secondhand smoke: indoor businesses, outdoor businesses, parks, outdoor cafes, even the common areas of apartment buildings.

“We just don’t want anyone blowing smoke in someone’s face. Unfortunately, what smokers do is harmful to everybody else. People should have the right to breathe clean air,” said Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Washburn.

California air-quality regulators declared secondhand smoke a toxic air pollutant earlier this year. The city took it a step further, declaring secondhand smoke to be a public nuisance and approving an ordinance banning smoking in all public places — indoors and out — where people might congregate.

If a nonsmoker asks a smoker to stop, the smoker must snuff it or face a possible fine in the hundreds of dollars or even a lawsuit.

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