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Oropeza bill seeks to ban smoking in enclosed spaces throughout California

Publication Date: 2/17/2006
  • Author:California Political Desk
  • Publication:American Chronicle

Greater public health and reinforcing common courtesy are the goals of Assembly Bill 2067 a measure introduced by Assembly Member Jenny Oropeza, D-Carson.

If signed into law, the Oropeza bill would add common areas to existing regulations prohibiting smoking in the workplace. This would include lobbies, lounges, waiting areas, elevators, stairwells, and restrooms with certain specified exceptions already within the law. In addition to places of employment, the bill adds common areas within public and private covered parking lots.

“There are a variety of smoking regulations in California, all with the goal of protecting public health,” Oropeza said. “This bill is a common-sense addition to that effort.”

"There have been too many instances where smoke has caused someone to breath cigarette smoke in these areas,” Oropeza said. “This is not just a matter of courtesy; it’s about defending our quality of life.”