Santa Barbara is Now a Smoke-Free City
Source: Santa Barbara City
The City adopted a new law prohibiting smoking in outdoor public areas to provide a healthy, family-friendly, and clean environment for residents and visitors. Smoke-free outdoor areas will reduce cigarette butt litter, lower the risk of fires, and limit public exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoking is prohibited in the following areas:
- Parks, including sports fields, open spaces, and trails
- Sidewalks and paseos citywide in commercial and residential areas
- City parking structures and lots
- Stearns Wharf
- Outdoor restaurant patios before 10:00 p.m.
- Outdoor recreational areas and sports facilities, community centers, and library plazas
- Events open to the public
Smoking is defined to include tobacco, marijuana, and electronic vaping devices. The law is currently in effect with signage planned for installation on sidewalks and other outdoor areas in early 2018. The City will use verbal warnings and public education as the primary means of enforcement. Your cooperation is appreciated.
For more information and frequently asked questions, visit SantaBarbaraCA.gov/Smoking.