Should Carlsbad Ban Smoking in Outdoor Dining Areas?

The Carlsbad City Council will consider prohibiting smoking in establishments that offer outdoor dining at its meeting Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.


The State of California enacted the State Workplace Smoking Law in 1988, which bans smoking in enclosed places of employment, including restaurants. The City of Carlsbad has the authority to extend that prohibition to public outdoor spaces where food is served, such as street and sidewalk cafés, to protect members of the public from health hazards caused by second-hand smoke.

Want more information?

The draft ordinance can be accessed at carlsbadca.gov/planning. A report about this proposed change will also be available on the city website and at the City Clerk’s office after Friday, Sept. 21, when the agenda for the following week’s City Council meeting is posted for the public.

How to provide input

To provide input into this decision, interested members of the public are encouraged to review the draft ordinance and contact the city with comments and questions. The public is also encouraged to attend the City Council meeting and speak during the public comment period. Comments, questions and requests for additional information can be directed to Michele Masterson at 760-602-4615 or via email at michele.masterson@carlsbadca.gov.

–City of Carlsbad

Are you for or against smoke free outdoor dining? Tell us in comments.

glenn bernard September 23, 2012 at 05:53 PM
In '94, Council-Member Kulchin was speaking at a mobile home community concerning the proposed Rent Control Ordinance. She said that the ordinance was written with flexibility, so that if a community wanted enforcement, they would get backing from the city. Otherwise, the ordinance would be ignored. Therefore, the same sort of flexibility ought to be written into this cigarette ordinance, so that all of the restaurant owners could make the decisions for themselves. City governments throughout the USA have over-paid bureaucrats who concoct make-work projects just to feel important and perpetuate their unneeded jobs.
SavEcig September 24, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I was against smoking bans when I was a smoker. But since I switched to electronic cigarettes two years, I don't have to worry about smoking bans, tar, smell or really high cigarette taxes! http://www.savecig.com
Greg Tolan September 24, 2012 at 01:29 AM
or maybe just the people with stupid comments!!
Frank September 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
This should be at the discretion of the restaurant owners. People can exercise their rights as consumers to frequent the establishment or not.
Thomas April 17, 2013 at 03:05 AM
I recently visited an alfresco restaurant that is promoting a green business environment. The owners didn’t really ban smoking but designated an area for patrons who smoke. They have ventilated the area in a way that the smoke is blown away from the non-smoking patrons.


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