Glendale Smoking Ordinance Takes Effect

GLENDALE–The ordinance prohibiting smoking in many areas of the City of Glendale went into effect Thursday.

Beginning January 2009, an ambassador from Neighborhood Services will visit businesses, restauran’s, and apartment owners to help them understand how the ordinance applies.

City staff will use a gradual approach to enforcement of this ordinance. When complaints are received, staff will educate the parties involved and inform them about the details of the ordinance. In late Spring 2009, city staff will begin issuing warnings combined with information about the requiremen’s. Citations will be issued to those who continue to knowingly violate the ordinance after being educated and warned by city staff.

The ordinance prohibits smoking in or on:

* The City’s property, including parks, libraries, city hall and more, except streets and sidewalks and in a "smoking permitted area" that the city may designate.

* Common areas of multi-unit rental housing except within a "smoking permitted area" that the landlord may designate.

* Outdoor dining areas of restauran’s– except within designated smoking permitted areas that restaurant owners may designate, subject to regulations.

* Publicly and privately owned indoor and outdoor spaces to which the public has access, including parking lots and structures, and

* Within 20 feet of areas where smoking is prohibited.

The ordinance also requires landlords to provide disclosure to a prospective renter, prior to signing a lease, as to the location of possible sources of second-hand smoke, relative to the unit that they are renting.

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