Santa Barbara City Council members voted to update smoking ordinance by increasing smoking bans in public areas.
Supporters want it to prohibit second-hand smoke in the entrances of businesses along State Street where they said smokers often loiter.
A new ordinance could also ban smoking at public events such as farmer’s markets and on busy sidewalks.
Public Health grades cities for second-hand smoke and Santa Barbara currently has a D grade.
Aurelio Bocanegra watched the vote and said, “It is not a done deal yet, but I am glad to have heard it at least got a vote of five to two, which I think is a step in right direction.”
Michael Merenda,a local activist, believes businesses do better when smoking is banned.