03/22/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Smoking Ban For LA Outdoor Cafes To Take Effect Next Year

Smokers in Los Angeles lost another refuge today when the City Council unanimously approved a ban on lighting up in outdoor cafes, food courts and within 40 feet of the city's ubiquitous mobile food trucks.

With the move, city officials are following the lead of municipalities across California, including Burbank, Beverly Hills, Calabasas and Santa Monica, which already ban smoking in outdoor dining areas. California law bars smoking inside restaurants and bars.

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