Los Angeles Outdoor Dining Smoking Ban Now in Effect

Outdoor diners and business owners alike face fines up to $500.

If you're going out to eat, don't think about lighting up. It is now illegal to smoke in outdoor dining areas throughout Los Angeles, including at restaurant patios and around mobile food trucks.

Bars, nightclubs and buildings hosting private events are exempt from the policy. Those who violate the smoking ban—diners and business owners alike—face fines up to $500.

The state already prohibits lighting up inside restaurants and bars. The city expanded the smoking ban to within 10 feet of outdoor dining areas, including food courts; and within 40 feet of food kiosks, food cars and mobile food trucks, effective Tuesday.

The city council approved the smoking ban in January last year, but businesses were given a grace period before the ordinance took effect.

Los Angeles is now the largest city in the nation to outlaw smoking in outdoor dining areas. Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Glendale, Pasadena and Santa Monica also have similar policies.

City News Service was used to compile this report.

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