Long Beach program asks restaurants to designate patios as smoke-free

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Posted signs will prevent cigarettes like this on the patios of Long Beach restaurants and bars.

Long Beach public health officials launched a program Thursday that asks restaurants to designate their outdoor patios as 100 percent smoke-free.

Eipryl Tello is with the Fresh Air Dining L-B program, and says so far 33 restaurants have signed up so to hang “no smoking” signs on their patios.

He says the signs might not be appropriate for all restaurants and bars in Long Beach, but that the program's priority is to make sure the businesses have the information and are provided the mechanisms to go smoke-free.

"This is something that’s going to be good for the restaurants because it’s something that their customers want,” he said.

The Long Beach Health Department says about 80 percent of respondents to a recent survey would prefer to eat in restaurants with non-smoking patios. Current Long Beach law requires restaurants to keep two-thirds of their patios smoke-free.

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