Oceanside considers smoking ban at outdoor restaurants

Oceanside considers smoking ban at outdoor restaurants


[trib_ndn vid=24868701]OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Lighting up a cigarette at an outdoor restaurant in Oceanside could soon be against the law, if City Council moves forward with a proposed smoking ban.

Council members were fired up Wednesday evening over the proposed ordinance prohibiting smoking at some outdoor dining establishments.

smokingOceanside would join a growing list of San Diego County communities with similar bans, including Carlsbad, Chula Vista and El Cajon.

Deputy Mayor Jerome Kern made it clear he will not support the ban.

“[I] would leave it up to the individual owner of the business to make that decision. We’re not here to make decisions for people on their private property,” Kern said.

Council members expressed multiple concerns with different portions of the ordinance.

Eventually, the council decided to consider an amended ordinance banning smoking in outdoor dining establishments located on public rights of way or on city streets. It will…

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