Smoke-Free Outdoor Dining


Smoke-free Outdoor Dining is Good for Business and Good for Health!

More than 180 cities and counties across California have passed ordinances for smoke-free outdoor dining, including Carlsbad, Coronado, Chula Vista, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, National City, Oceanside, Solana Beach and the Unincorporated Areas of San Diego County.

Vista Community Clinic’s Tobacco Control Program is working to extend those protections to all our North County communities.

Smoking in outdoor dining areas not only exposes patrons and their families to secondhand smoke, but the employees working in these outdoor areas. There is no safe distance from cigarette smoke and it does not go away just because it is outside. Adults, children, pets and employees are all exposed to secondhand smoke on outdoor patios.

Several restaurant owners have adopted voluntary no-smoking policies, but cities can expand those protections to all. To see a list of restaurants with voluntary smoke-free policies, click here.

If you live in San Marcos or Vista and are interested in helping to create smoke-free outdoor dining in your community, please contact Lisa Archibald at or 760-631-5000 Ext 7165


Other Smoke-free Outdoor Areas

Many other outdoor areas can be smoke-free, such as parks, sidewalks, golf courses, colleges, hospitals, healthcare campuses, public attractions, and worksites. These smoke-free policies provide protection to the general public, visitors, and workers.

All parks and beaches in San Diego County are 100% smoke-free. There are several other smoke-free places in North San Diego County like the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Vista Wave Waterpark, Palomar College, Mira Costa College, California State University San Marcos, Tri-City Medical Center, Vista Community Clinic, and Palomar Hospital.


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