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Posted on: August 10, 2018

Public Hearing on Smoking/Tobacco Sales Ordinances on 8/21

August 10, 2018 - The City Council will hold a public hearing to consider ordinances regulating smoking and sales of tobacco products in Half Moon Bay, on August 21. The City Council meeting starts at 7 pm at Ted Adcock Community Center.

Updated August 10, 2018


Public Hearing on Proposed Ordinances Regulating Smoking/Sale of Tobacco Products - August 21


The Half Moon Bay City Council will hold a public hearing on August 21 to consider adoption of two ordinances regulating smoking and the sale of tobacco products within the City. The staff report for this item will be available online no later than the end of the day on August 17.


Community members are encouraged to comment on these draft ordinances either in writing to the City Clerk, 501 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, or at the public hearing, 7 pm, August 21, at Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue.


1. Ordinance Regulating Smoking in Certain Places
In summary, this ordinance would codify certain existing state law restrictions, and would:

  • Prohibit smoking in unenclosed public places (including dining areas, service areas, and locations where special events are held);
  • Add a reasonable distance requirement by prohibiting smoking within 20 feet of any doorway, window, opening, or vent of an enclosed place of employment in which smoking is prohibited;
  • Add restrictions on smoking in multifamily housing; and
  • Prohibit smoking in a wider range of public places, including recreation areas, public beaches, and parking lots that serve recreation areas.

View the text of the draft ordinance here.



2. The Tobacco Retailers Ordinance
This ordinance would:

  • Require all retailers of tobacco products to obtain a permit from the City;
  • Prohibit sampling and coupons for tobacco products;
  • Ban tobacco product sales from vending machines;
  • Ban tobacco product sales at pharmacies in Half Moon Bay; and
  • Ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in Half Moon Bay.

View the text of the draft ordinance here.

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