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For Solana Beach city councilmember Lesa Heebner, cigarette smokers should be confined to their houses with their doors and windows shut tight when they spark up. “My father died from smoking,” said Heebner during the June 24 city council meeting. “He started smoking when he was nine years old and my mom has health problems from second-hand smoke. So, as far as I’m concerned, I’d love to see [smoking] banned on public streets, everywhere, except in your own house with the windows and doors closed and nobody else inside.”

Heebner’s comments came just before Solana Beach city councilmembers banned smoking at outdoor restaurants, bars, playgrounds, street fairs, and farmer’s markets. In addition to the ban, the newly adopted ordinance requires that cigarette vendors apply for an additional license, issued by the city, to sell tobacco. By requiring the additional license, the city hopes to reduce underage smoking and decrease the overall affects that second-hand smoke has on nonsmokers.

Historically, Solana Beach has been at the forefront of imposing prohibitions on smoking. In 1992, Solana Beach prohibited smoking in the city’s restaurants. Nine years later, the city was the first in the nation to outlaw smoking on public beaches.

Representatives from the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, and the San Dieguito Alliance For Drug Free Youth spoke to the ban during the Wednesday night meeting. All commended the council for taking on the issue.

“It is refreshing to see that times are a changing,” said councilmember David Roberts before asking that the ordinance be modified to include enclosed entryways.

“We want to live a healthy lifestyle here in North County,” added Roberts. “Smoking, we have heard from all the experts, that we have to get it under control. I think it’s all about behavior. We have to model the behavior so that people understand the implications.”

“It’s an exciting day,” said councilmember Joe Kellejian, who along with Roberts brought the ordinance to the council. “This city and this council should be proud -- we’re lifesavers. We’re saving our own life and the lives of others.”

After council comments, the five councilmembers voted unanimously in favor of the ban. Immediately after the vote, the representative from the American Cancer Society and American Lung Association gave the council a round of applause.

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David Dodd June 25, 2009 @ 4:22 p.m.

Now, if they could just ban politicians (including and especially the city counsel) it would be paradise there.

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jmtrudeau June 25, 2009 @ 5:45 p.m.

Hey Council Woman Heebner, leave your personal life out of city politics. I'd rather see angry self serving people like yourself locked up in a room with padded walls, why don't we make that a law in the peoples republic of Solana Beach.

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SDaniels June 25, 2009 @ 5:54 p.m.

“This city and this council should be proud -- we’re lifesavers. We’re saving our own life and the lives of others.”

Oh yes, I can think of a few ways I'd love to save these councilmembers's lives.

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jmtrudeau June 26, 2009 @ 11:52 a.m.

"I think it’s all about behavior. We have to model the behavior so that people understand the implications.”

Behavior control, whats next, mind control?

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seaseaknitter June 28, 2009 @ 7:29 a.m.

Wow Lesa, thank you for protecting us against ourselves. And if you could please stop driving your car in Solana Beach, that would improve my health, the greenhouse gases it releases are truly damaging our health and air quality. In fact, could you ban cars completely in Solana Beach, we'd be so much healthier? Oh! And how about corporate/industrial pollution, are there any businesses that use chemicals that are harmful to our health? Would you please shut them down? I know cigarette smoke must be playing a part in our poor air quality and global warming, thus hurting our health, but surely all these toxic chemicals and fossil fuels used in large scale might be adding to it. It is way more fun to pick on the 'scapegoat of the hour,' though, the big bad wolf, smoker guy.... and far more difficult to address the bigger, more impactful issues.

While your protecting us by monitoring our personal habits yet ignoring the larger picture of what's really destroying our health and environment, I think you should ban alcohol for it's insidious effects on families and children. And corn syrup, junk food, and overeating, we all know how obesity is wreaking havoc on our kids - could you ban ....ummm... food... wait, that might be a little tricky.
Thanks!

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SDaniels June 28, 2009 @ 11:08 p.m.

Well, seaseaknitter, I think you've made a great suggestion about what kind of food should be banned--red herring in b.s. sauce, the kind jarred in transparent glass. :)

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magicsfive June 28, 2009 @ 11:44 p.m.

i love that picture. i can just imagine the disappointment of all the smokers who would never get a chance to kiss those lips :D

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