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South Pas OK's Ordinance Stopping Shops from Selling Smokes Near Schools

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South Pasadena's City Council has approved an ordinance that aims to protect school-age kids of the future, according to the Pasadena Star-News, by ensuring retailers don't sell cigarettes near schools.

The new ordinance "prohibit[s] the sale of tobacco within 500 feet of public schools," which isn't actually a current issue, "since there are no stores that sell tobacco products that are within the proximity limit." The aim is to see to it that tobacco sales can't happen in the future near the two schools in the area that have commercial zoning nearby.

Already in South Pasadena there is an ordinance against lighting up in public parks, and there is "a 25-foot buffer zone between smoking and non-smoking areas." Many cities in California are making similar strides to limit smoking and access to smoking; earlier this week Long Beach expanded their local ordinance to cover their city parks under a no-smoking ordinance.