Hermosa Beach pledges tighter no-smoking enforcement, eyes licenses for tobacco sellers to protect minors
The Hermosa Beach City Council has agreed to more actively enforce its three-year-old ban on smoking in public areas such as the Strand, the city pier and the popular Pier Plaza. The council also tentatively agreed to add e-cigarettes to the smoking ban.
In a second look at smoking in Hermosa, the council also began to study the possibility of licensing tobacco sellers, to make it harder for them to sell to minors.
In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the council directed city officials to report on options for beefing up enforcement of the smoking ban, which also covers outdoor dining areas, the beach, city parking lots including the downtown parking garage, and city parks including the greenbelt that runs north-and-south through the town.
At the meeting, a handful of Hermosans addressed the council to encourage no-smoking measures.