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L.A.'s Outdoor Smoking Ban Proposal is Back

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A Los Angeles city council committee will look into the long-delayed outdoor smoking ban draft ordinance this morning. If approved, it will then move on to the full city council where if passed, the ban will go into affect after a six-month education campaign.

Basically, the ban says no smoking--unless you're just walking by--within 10 feet of an established outdoor dining area (think restaurants and cafes with sidewalk dining or outdoor food courts). For undefined dining areas like a food truck or cart, smoking will be verboten within 40 feet (that's because the location of the truck or cart has its own 30-foot radius). So no lighting up while in line for Kogi BBQ, kids.

The ban, however, will not affect bars and nightclubs that are 18 and over and private events.