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Non-Smoking and Cigarette Sales Ordinances

The Administration Department responds to questions and enforcement issues relating to its Non-Smoking and Cigarette Sales Ordinances. Since 1990 the City has prohibited smoking in most public places, including bars and restaurants. To our knowledge, we were the first municipality in the world to do so. In 1992 the City passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of cigarettes or other tobacco products from vending machines. And in 1997 the City also passed an ordinance which prohibits both the sale of tobacco products to minors and self-service displays of tobacco products.

2010 Comprehensive No Smoking Ordinance

Enforcement of this ordinance is triggered by a complaint to the City.
If you feel uncomfortable asking someone to stop smoking, or your attempts to do so are refused, please call the Police Department at (805) 781-7317.

Questions or complaints regarding these ordinances can be made to the City by calling (805) 781-7151 or email



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