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City Government Smoking Regulations
Smoking Laws and Regulations

Beverly Hills' Smoking Regulations to Include E-Cigarettes

At the February 18, 2014 meeting, the Beverly Hills City Council voted to regulate the sales and public consumption of electronic cigarettes ('e-cigarettes') in the same manner as tobacco products in the City. E-cigarettes are nicotine delivery devices that are battery-powered and simulate tobacco smoking. The City Council felt it was important to take a proactive approach on the e-cigarette issue and promote a healthier community. The concern is the growing popularity and use of electronic cigarettes amongst the youth, according to a National Youth Tobacco Survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. 

The City's e-cigarette ordinance is effective June 1, 2014. Several other cities have recently taken measures to regulate the use and sales of e-cigarette within their communities. 

For more information about the City's regulations on electronic cigarettes, please visit:

The increasing popularity of e-cigarettes has prompted the FDA to consider regulating the product. In April 2014, the FDA released a set of proposed regulations, which includes the following:

  1. Prohibit e-cigarette sales to minors (those under 18 years of age)
  2. Require product labeling of health risks (known and unknown) associated with e-cigarette use
  3. Mandate FDA approval before the release of new products
     

For the latest information regarding the FDA's proposed smoking regulations, please visit their website here:

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm172906.htm 


Beverly Hills' Smoking Regulations

To protect and promote public health, the City of Beverly Hills regulates smoking in accordance with both state and local regulations. The City Council, at their April 1, 2014 meeting, approved to expand the city's regulations to further regulate smoking and vaping in outdoor service lines, farmers market, plazas and outdoor public gathering places. The expanded smoking regulations go into effect on June 1, 2014. 

Title 5, Chapter 4 of the City's Municipal Code on local smoking and vaping regulations can be found online. Please visit the webpage here: http://www.sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=466

A summary of where smoking/vaping is permitted and not permitted is outlined in the following table below. 

 

Areas where Smoking is Permitted                     Areas where Smoking is Not Permitted

 According to State Law:

  • Designated hotel/motel rooms and areas
  • Private smoker lounges
  • Private single family/multi-family residence

 According to State Law:

  • Inside public buildings
  • Near windows of public buildings
  • Outdoor areas within 20 ft. of public buildings
  • Enclosed space at places of employment
  • Public school property
  • In a vehicle with a minor 

 Areas Currently Not Regulated: 

  • Sidewalks
  • Alleyways
  • Beyond 5 ft. of outdoor dining areas
  • Beyond 20 ft. of operable doors and windows of public buildings






 According to City Regulations: 

  • City parks and recreational facilities 
  • Open air dining areas located on private and public property, including public right of way
  • Within 5 ft. of open air dining areas, except while actively passing by
  • City-owned vehicles
  • Outdoor public gathering events*
  • Outdoor service lines (e.g. ATM and movie/theatre ticket lines)*
  • Farmers Markets*
  • Public and private plazas (except for clearly marked designated smoking areas on private plazas located beyond 20 ft. of operable door)

 (* denotes these will be smoke-free areas effective on June 1, 2014)