The public can now enjoy the outdoors even more by having less exposure to secondhand smoke. The City has installed NO SMOKING signs in every park and open space in Goleta.
The new signs are a result of the Secondhand Smoke Ordinance that was passed by City Council earlier this year. The ordinance expands areas where tobacco use is prohibited, thus increasing protection from exposure to secondhand smoke for Goleta residents and visitors. California law bans smoking in almost all enclosed places of employment, and also restricts smoking within 20 feet of government buildings. The Goleta law augments state law by regulating tobacco use in some outdoor areas. The ordinance outlaws smoking from a 20 foot perimeter around all places of employment and prohibits tobacco use in public places and recreational areas. State law only regulates smoking and the Goleta law includes all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.
This ordinance prohibits smoking in recreational areas, which includes any outdoor area owned or operated by the City open to the general public for recreational purposes. These include parklands, portions of parks such as picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields, walking paths, gardens, hiking trails, bike paths, horseback riding trails, athletic fields, and beaches.
The ordinance also provides a specific list of areas where smoking may be permitted. Please contact our Code Enforcement Officer, Greg Nordyke, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-961-7556 with any questions.