Redondo Beach City Council on Tuesday, May 7, unanimously approved the concept of a comprehensive public smoking ban — including e-cigarettes and cannabis — though the council would still need to vote on a formal ordinance before the proposal becomes law.
The concept also included requiring a tobacco retail permit.
The council first directed city staffers to look into a public smoking ban in September. At its Tuesday meeting, the council had essentially the same discussion, but further clarified details of the ban and retail permit. Currently, Redondo Beach prohibits smoking on beaches and public parks, and there is no local retail permit required to sell tobacco products aside from a business license.
Under the proposed ordinance, which staffers still need to draft, smoking in any public places — including sidewalks, parking lots and outside commercial private property — would be prohibited. The retail sale of certain flavored tobacco products and other smoking paraphernalia designed to appeal to young people would also be barred.
The proposed law in Redondo mirrors that passed by Manhattan Beach in 2014. Hermosa Beach also has a similar smoking ban.