Petaluma officials to vote on anti-smoking ordinance

January 6, 2013 1:03:54 PM PST
The Petaluma City Council starts the New Year Monday with a formal vote on an anti-smoking ordinance.

In December the council tentatively approved a ban on smoking in places that include all hotel rooms, private apartments, condos, and outdoor spaces including balconies, courtyards, bus stops, and sidewalks.

The tough new regulations are intended to protect people from secondhand smoke.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Petaluma's ordinance is slightly more stringent than a Sonoma County ban passed by supervisors last year.