Mountain View toughens anti-smoking law 

It's getting tougher to smoke in the Northern California city of Mountain View.

The City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas and establish a 25-foot secondhand smoke buffer zone.

The San Jose Mercury News ( says buffer areas apply to doorway, window and other opening into a no-smoking area.

The council also voted 6-1 to make it illegal to smoke in city parks.

The law takes effect 90 days after a Feb. 14 second reading of the ordinance.

Police spokeswoman Liz Wylie says enforcement will be complaint driven.

First-time offenders face a possible $100 fine. The penalty climbs to $200 for a second violation in the same year and up to $500 for subsequent offenses.


Information from: San Jose Mercury News,

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