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As mentioned yesterday via blogdowntown, the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee is exploring two smoking related motions today. The suggested actions will not completely ban smoking like it practically is in Calabasas, but they do further the limiting of your rights or the protection of your health, depending on how you see it.

The first, which is probably less controversial, is a proposed ordinance that would prohibit smoking at City permitted Farmers' Markets. That seems to make sense--shop for healthy food in a less lethal setting.

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But the second one will probably draw some more heat, considering the debate that ensued on this post about the Burbank smoking ban, which this is modeled after. The proposed ordinance would "prohibit smoking in outdoor dining areas and within five feet of such areas, similar to a recent ordinance enacted by the City of Burbank." Despite the Burbank story (which was more about rude enforcement), this is a pretty good idea. After all, choosing to eat outside is usually about getting some fresh air (but we'll let you debate that in the comments if you so please).

Also: The third and last item on the committee's agenda might be of interest to some as well. If passed, a new ordinance would "require chain restaurants with 15 or more outlets in the state to provide basic nutritional information per item on printed menus and menu boards.