Stockton Restaurant Operator Plans to Fight Outdoor Smoking Ordinance

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 10, 2004
The proposed ordinance in Stockton would be one of the most stringent municipal anti-smoking laws in the state. Smokers must stay at least 20 feet away from the door of any privately owned business. Violators could get hit with a 100 dollar fine. Restaurant owner George Badway opposes the measure. He says it requires businesses to police customers on public property like sidewalks or parking lots.   BADWAY :11—I’m responsible for going out an telling someone standing on public property that they cannot be where they are smoking. It’s a ridiculous provision that we should have to enforce this.   Some Stockton business operators support the measure, saying it could be enforced by simply posting a sign outside the door. The local chapter of the American Cancer Society is also backing the measure, citing the consequences of second hand smoke. The issue is scheduled to be discussed at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.