Final vote on parks smoking ban set

A BAN on smoking in public parks goes before the Stanton City Council for a final vote on Tuesday.

The second and final reading of an ordinance banning smoking and the use of all tobacco products in city parks will go before the Stanton City Council when it meets on Tuesday.

The proposed ordinance was approved for a first reading by the council on July 10 on a 5-0 vote.

Stanton would be joining other area cities such as Huntington Beach that are curbing smoking for health and litter reasons.  The city has 10 parks, the largest of which is the 12-acre Central Park on Western Avenue.

Ordinance 1081, if enacted, would ban any smoking of a tobacco product, including electronic devices commonly known for “vaping.” Additionally, the use of any tobacco product is prohibited and carries with it a $100 fine.

The wording of the ordinance includes this definition of smoking:

“Smoking means the release of gases, particles, or vapors into the air as the result of combustion, electrical ignition, or vaporization and/or inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted, heated, or ignited cigar, cigarette, cigarillo; pipe, hookah, Electronic Smoking Device, or any plant product, including but not limited to tobacco and marijuana, intended for human inhalation.”

The ordinance goes beyond state regulations that prohibit smoking or tobacco use in parks near entrances and exits and near play areas.

Also on the agenda will be a public hearing on an amendment to a previously-approved project for the development of 35 single family homes on a 4.95-acre plot at 8232 Lampson Ave.

The requested change would allow for an increase in the square footage of two unit types and a reorganization of the unit types within the project.

Stanton City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall, 7800 Katella Ave.

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