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Public smoking in Santa Monica

Yuri was visiting Santa Monica recently and took a stroll down the Third Street Promenade. He paused for a moment to light up a cigarette, and exhaled a plume of smoke.

Yuri was startled when another pedestrian tapped him on the shoulder and pointed at a nearby “No Smoking” sign.

He hastily put out his cigarette and carried the butt to a nearby trash can.

Yuri was surprised that he couldn’t smoke outside, but he wanted to obey the law and avoid bothering other visitors.
Yuri had just gotten a crash course in Santa Monica’s smoking law.

Santa Monica has long been on the forefront of protecting residents and visitors from secondhand smoke. Twenty years ago it was the first city to prosecute bars for allowing patrons to smoke.

Now, both smoking and vaping (e-cigarettes) are prohibited not only on the Third Street Promenade, but in most public places:



the Santa Monica Pier

outdoor dining areas

farmer’s markets

Outdoor Service Areas (bus stops, ATMs, and anywhere else people wait for services)

It’s also unlawful to smoke or vape within 20 feet of doors or open windows of buildings that are open to the public. (This includes all businesses and basically all places other than private residences.)

Smoking in these public areas is a criminal infraction, punishable by a $100 base fine plus penalties for the first offense; $200 base fine for the second offense within one year; and $500 base fine for all subsequent violations within one year.

Santa Monica also prohibits smoking in common areas of all multi-unit housing (both apartments and condos), and inside units for all residents who moved in after November 22, 2012.

While marijuana is now legal in California, it’s still unlawful to smoke it in public, or anywhere else that tobacco is prohibited.

Smoking marijuana in public is punishable by a $100 base fine, or a $250 base fine if it’s a place where tobacco smoking is forbidden.

There are additional penalties for smoking pot within 1,000 feet of schools, daycare centers and youth centers while children are present, unless it’s in a private residence.

So where is it OK to smoke? There are still plenty of areas where smoking is allowed. These include sidewalks and other public places where it isn’t expressly prohibited – so long as it’s not within 20 feet of doors or open windows.

It’s also allowed in single-family homes, and inside apartments or condos that were occupied before November 22, 2012 (unless the unit was designated as non-smoking).

If you have questions or need information about smoking laws in Santa Monica, please call the City Attorney’s Office at (310) 458-8336 or visit

The Consumer Protection Division of the City Attorney’s Office enforces the law and educates the public about tenants’ rights, fair housing, consumer protection and other issues. They can be reached at 310-458-8336 or

Have your say on smoke-free places

WE’RE urging Queenslanders to speak out and have their say about smoke-free places across the state to help shape the future of tobacco control in Queensland.

Cancer Council Queensland, Heart Foundation and Asthma Foundation have launched a statewide survey on smoking, giving Queenslanders the opportunity to share their opinion about current and future smoke-free places.

The survey will gauge support on current tobacco laws and identify additional areas the community would like to see smoke-free, including outdoor public areas and multi-unit housing.

Tobacco is having a detrimental effect on the health of our state. Those who smoke or are exposed to second-hand smoke are at a much greater risk of developing chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancers.

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Australia. In Queensland alone around 3700 people die from a tobacco-related disease each year.

This survey will give the public a voice to help advocate for stronger tobacco legislation reforms through the extension of statewide smoke-free places in Queensland.

Will you share your views? Have your say to help clear the air for thousands of Queenslanders impacted by second-hand smoke.

If you’re a Queenslander aged 18 and over, please complete our Smoke-free Places Survey at smokefreeplacessurvey by October 16.

All responses are anonymous and confidential.

Ms Chris McMillan

CEO, Cancer Council Queensland

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Andrew Forrest calls for smoking age to be raised to 21

Australians would be prohibited from buying cigarettes until age 21 under a new cancer-fighting plan developed by billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest.

Mr Forrest and his wife Nicola are spearheading a major lobbying campaign to convince federal and state governments to raise the legal tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21 – a move they say would stop young people getting hooked, save lives and save government coffers up to $3.1 billion a year.

Mr Forrest and other members of the Eliminate Cancer Initiative – which the Forrests fund through their philanthropic Minderoo Foundation – have already presented the plan to federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and his state counterparts as part of an all-out assault on big tobacco.

The effort comes after Mr Forrest confirmed last week he is considering suing big tobacco companies for the cost of smoking-related illnesses. The plan is based on a landmark Canadian lawsuit in which three companies were ordered to pay more than $15.6 billion in damages.

Mr Forrest said tobacco companies – which he described as “more cunning than a gold-toothed rat” – must be held accountable for the suffering they have caused Australians. And they cannot be allowed to continue “preying on our vulnerable youth”, he said.

“Nearly 90 per cent of adult smokers start as children. By the time they reach 21, they are hooked and become lifelong customers of big tobacco,” Mr Forrest said.

“When tobacco causes many times more cost to the nation that it ever brings in revenue, and creates extreme suffering before palliative care and death, there is something seriously wrong with any government in the world, particularly ours, tolerating it.”

Dr Ronald DePinho, former president of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in the United States and now an executive director of the ECI, said Australia had an opportunity to inspire the world with “Tobacco 21″ legislation.

“Tobacco 21 is a child health issue that must be addressed with urgency, as hundreds of Australian children experiment with tobacco products every day,” he said.

Smoking kills an estimated 15,000 Australians every year, and costs taxpayers an estimated $31.5 billion in health and economic costs. These costs dwarf the revenue the Commonwealth reaps in tax revenues from cigarette sales: just over $10 billion in 2016-17.

The “Tobacco 21″ plan would save the government $3.1 billion in health and associated economic costs every year, Minderoo modelling has found. Accounting for $1.3 billion in lost tax revenue from cigarette, there would still be a $1.8 billion benefit to Australian taxpayers.

The campaign has the strong backing of the Cancer Council of Australia and the Australian Medical Association.

A March 2015 report by the US-based Institute of Medicine concluded raising the tobacco sale age to 21 would have a substantial positive impact on public health. The change would significantly reduce the number of adolescents and young adults who start smoking and ultimately reduce smoking-related deaths.

The report predicted the change would eventually reduce the smoking rate by about 12 per cent and smoking-related deaths by 10 per cent. In the US, Hawaii and California have recently become the first states to implement Tobacco 21 laws.

The Forrest’s helped set up the ECI earlier this year with an initial $75 million in philanthropic funding – part of their record-breaking $400 million donation. It aims to bring the fragmented cancer research community together, accelerate research breakthroughs and improve prevention, detection and treatment, including access to life-saving clinical trials.

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