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AirTalk asks: Does Laguna Beach’s ban on public smoking go too far?

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A general view of atmosphere at Ju-Ju-Be's 2nd Annual Ju-Ju-Beach Event celebrating lthe launch of Baby Tula Collaboration on April 22, 2017 in Laguna Beach, California. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Ju-Ju-Be

An ordinance to ban smoking throughout the resort city of Laguna Beach was passed last week by its City Council, and will go into effect in about 30 days.

As reported by the Orange County Register, the ban includes using cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vapes while on sidewalks, bike paths and inside parking structures. This is an expansion from a current ban on smoking in beaches and parks in the city. For the new ordinance, first-time violators would incur a $100  fine, and third time violators could climb up to $500. Supporters of the ban say it will curb environmental impacts of smoking and reduce second-hand smoke.

But does doing away with the right to smoke on a city street infringe on personal freedom? Let us know your thoughts by calling 866-893-5722

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