Dual Tobacco-Related Ordinances Pass

One ordinance restricts smoking, while the other requires tobacco retailers to obtain a city permit

Written by YINTING HUANG / Published January 11, 2013  

The city council has passed two ordinances that would restrict smoking, while also requiring tobacco retailers to obtain a city permit.

Ordinances 12-964 and 12-965 were passed last month by a 5-0 and 3-2 vote respectively.

Titled the “Second-hand Smoke Control Ordinance,” Ordinance 12-964 bans the smoking of tobacco and marijuana products from varying locations in Temple City.

The new law would prevent smoking within 20 feet of the following areas: city property, outdoor public events and dining areas, public transit stops, enclosed common areas of multi-unit residential housing, and schools.

Additionally, 12-964 gives the city the ability to enforce the tobacco control regulations, as well as allows for civil suits to be filed against violators, according to a staff report dated December 4, 2012.

The second ordinance, the “Tobacco Retailer Permit Ordinance” requires those who sell tobacco, tobacco products, or tobacco paraphernalia to obtain a city permit.

“The proposed ordinance authorizes ‘compliance monitoring’ to allow the city and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to investigate all tobacco retailers to ensure their compliance with local, state, and federal laws,” a staff report states.

Violations of 12-965 could result in administrative fines to the temporary banning of those not in compliance.

“[The] fee would be used to offset underage tobacco retailing,” Public Safety and Services Manager Robert Sahagun said on December 4.

While 12-964 was unanimously approved, the tobacco retailer permit ordinance received a 3-2 vote, with Councilmembers Blum and Vizcarra dissenting.

Ordinances 12-964 and 12-965 have become law, though both are scheduled to take effect on July 1.

For more information about the new ordinances, contact City Hall at (626) 285-2171.

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