The smoking policy, which includes the use of electronic smoking devices, will take effect 30 days after approval by the city council. All parks in Pomona will officially be smoke-free as of April 2nd, 2015.
The policy was adopted as a result of numerous local complaints from residents regarding smoking at city hall, city facilities, and local parks.
Members of a local smoke-free coalition – Clean Air Pomona (CAP) – were on hand to educate the community about the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and the many benefits of smoke-free public places.
Pomona joins 39 other cities across Los Angeles County who have banned smoking at parks, along with 328 cities and counties in California who have done the same.
The City of West Covina is the next in line to consider the adoption of smoke-free parks. The issue will be discussed at the West Covina City Council Meeting on March 17, 2015.
For additional information about smoke-free policies in the SGV and beyond, please contact Adriana Pinedo.