Smokers on Parade in Pasadena Next Week

New outdoor no-smoking law prohibits idle smokers around parade route

Roses may not be the only thing on parade in the city of Pasadena next week. (Tournament of Roses)

Owing to the city's new outdoor no-smoking law, which went into effect at the end of November, smokers will have to keep moving if they want to puff as parade-goers and avoid being ticketed.

According to the policy approved by the Pasadena City Council Oct. 27, 2008, it's unlawful to smoke in the outdoor areas of shopping malls, unenclosed areas of bars and restaurants, service waiting lines or within 20 feet of such lines, and outdoor public gathering events, special events, parades and fairs.

However, a phrase contained in the ordinance appears to make it permissible to smoke in some of these areas so long as the smoker is in motion.

It says the prohibition is in effect for any smoker "except while actively passing on to another destination."

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune said this week that Statice Wilmore of the city's Public Health Department interpreted the wording to mean smoking in motion was permitted.

How exactly local law enforcement intends to apply the law, however, has yet to be seen.

Smoking has been prohibited in the bleacher seats along the parade route for about 10 years, but the new law expands the prohibition to pretty much every other outdoor space along and around the route.

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