BEVERLY HILLS—City officials are continuing to focus on promoting the health of Beverly Hills residents as new anti-smoking regulations go into effect on Friday, May 5. The new ordinance will prohibit smoking within 20 feet of open-air dining areas, on public sidewalks, alleyways, and streets unless “passing by,” adding to the existing smoking prohibition in other outdoor areas throughout the city. The ban applies to all types of smoking, including tobacco, e-cigarettes, and marijuana, officials said.

The new law is part of a continued effort by the mayor and city council to make Beverly Hills “the healthiest city in America.” Mayor Bosse has made public health a cornerstone of her new administration, launching a city-wide campaign to promote healthy living among residents by hosting weekly community walks through downtown, and public meditation sessions on the steps of city hall.

“Now everyone can enjoy Beverly Hills’ beautiful outdoor spaces without breathing second-hand smoke,” Mayor Bosse said in a statement.

The Health and Safety Commission is currently exploring the feasibility of regulating smoking in apartment buildings and other multi-unit housing throughout the city.