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CITY ATTORNEY'S BAR INSPECTION SHOWS CONTINUED COMPLIANCE WITH SMOKING LAW
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2003
Contact:
 Adam Radinsky, Deputy City Attorney, (310) 458-88327


An undercover inspection last weekend at five popular night spots in Santa Monica revealed that all five businesses are prohibiting smoking indoors, as required by law. 

The California Smoke-Free Workplace Act prohibits smoking at all indoor places of employment in the state, including bars. Businesses can be fined $270.00 for allowing customers to smoke and are required to take reasonable steps to prevent smoking. The amount of the fine doubles with the second violation. After a third conviction, the owner is subject to federal penalties in the tens of thousands of dollars and may face losing its business license. 

In 1998, Santa Monica became the first city in California to aggressively enforce the smoking law in bars. The City Attorney’s Office issued warnings to early violators, followed by criminal prosecutions if the problem persisted. The City Attorney’s Office now conducts periodic undercover investigations and prosecutes those businesses found to allow smoking. 

People who observe smoking at any indoor business in Santa Monica, including bars, are urged to call the City Attorney’s hotline, (310) 458-8923.

 

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