No smoking in public as of mid-February

February 1, 2018 by  

The Dana Point City Council recently passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in all public places within the city, regardless of whether they are public or privately owned.

Labeling smoking as a “public nuisance”, the ordinance recognizes the right of Dana Point residents and visitors to not be exposed to unwelcome secondhand smoke. The ordinance goes on to define “public places” as those spaces where the public might be exposed both indoors and out. These include, but are not limited to, sidewalks, alleys, bus shelters, and all public buildings.

Following the second reading of the proposal on January 16, the measure was passed and is to become effective on February 15. A possible fine of $100 could be levied at first-time offenders; additional violations within the same year will be $200 for the second, and $500 for the third.

To ensure the public knows about the ordinance, the Dana Point Public Works department suggested doing what Laguna Beach officials did and post electronic message boards at city entrances. Dana Point is already in possession of two of these changeable message boards so no additional cost will be incurred.

As Dana Point has many more entry points than Laguna Beach, it will be necessary to move the message boards around. Poster printing can provide an alternative method of getting the message out of new laws like this.