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City to Launch 'Breathe Free MB' Outreach

Jul 16, 2014 08:20PM ● By DigMB Staff

A new law prohibits smoking in public places in the City of Manhattan Beach.

The City of Manhattan Beach's Smoke-Free Public Places ordinance takes effect Friday, July 18. The new law prohibits smoking, including e-cigarettes, in all public places in the city. Enforcement will begin on August 18 after a month-long outreach and educational effort.

The "Breathe Free MB" effort will launch during the weekly Manhattan Beach Farmers Market, held downtown on Tuesdays. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, Mayor Amy Howorth and representatives from other organizations will talk about the new law and its impacts for the city.City Council approved the smoke-free ordinance on June 17.

The new law is intended to address the impacts of second-hand smoke and ocean pollution related to cigarette litter. The city has partnered with the Beach Cities Health District, the Surfrider Foundation, and the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professionals Association to kickoff the "Breathe Free MB" campaign to provide information and resources to the community, and its visitors, on the importance of maintaining a smoke-free environment in public places. 

Under the ordinance, smoking will only be permitted in the following locations within MB, unless otherwise provided by state or federal law:

  1. Private residential property, other than those used as a child-care or health-care facility subject to State licensing requirements.

  2. In up to 20% of guest rooms in any hotel or motel that meets certain conditions.

  3. Within a moving vehicle.

The Breathe Free MB kickoff event is being held in conjunction with the MB Farmers Market’s 8-year anniversary and healthy living programs.

Volunteers will be on-hand to distribute reusable canvas bags to encourage pollution prevention while shopping local at the Farmers Market and information on the Breathe Free MB educational outreach.

Other anniversary activities will include the appearance of Bailey, the Los Angeles Kings' mascot, at 11:30 a.m. as well as kids activities and a cook book signing.

If you have questions about Breathe Free MB, contact Sona Coffee at (310) 802-5341.

More information on the City's environmental programs can be found on the Going Green website.

Other California cities that limit smoking in all public places include Calabasas, Carpinteria, Coronado, El Cajon, Loma Linda, Moorpark, Del Mark, Hayward and San Luis Obispo.

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