Should the City of Vista ban smoking in outdoor dining areas?
The North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC) believes so. Last night, the Vista City Council tabled the decision on this issue until they further study a proposed ordinance.
Such a ban would apply at sidewalk cafes and restaurant patios where secondhand smoke becomes a public health and safety issue for other patrons.
As Vista Community Clinic’s Gena Knutson told the U-T San Diego: “For me, it’s very emotional.” Like so many of us, she’s lost loved ones to cancer.
We’ve made in-roads with our other cities of interest: Oceanside City Council just voted to ban smoking at restaurant patios on public sidewalks. Carlsbad approved a similar ordinance last year.
Smoking bans also exist in Chula Vista, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, National City and Solana Beach.
Yet, the Vista City Council and Mayor Judy Ritter fear such a ban would hurt business.
What are your thoughts?