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San Diego Smoking Ban Extended to Boardwalks, Seawalls, Piers

There are less places where smokers can light up in San Diego. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

San Diego Smoking Ban Extended to Boardwalks, Seawalls, Piers

There are less places where smokers can light up in San Diego. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

The San Diego City Council has broadened a smoking ban at the city's parks and beaches. Smoking is now banned at boardwalks, seawalls and ocean piers. The Cabrillo Bridge is also a no-smoking zone.

The prohibition on smoking at San Diego parks and beaches is intended to cut down on litter. The ban also aims to reduce the health impact to the public from second-hand smoke.

The law has been in effect since last August. The original law did not include municipal piers, boardwalks, seawalls and the Balboa Park bridge. Light up in those areas now and you could face a fine up to $100. Police and lifeguards have the option to warn offending smokers before issuing a citation.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.