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Santa Monica votes on hotel smoking ban

The city council in Santa Monica, Calif., voted last week to ban smoking in new hotels, the Santa Monica Daily Press reports.

If the ordinance passes a final vote later next month, smoking will be banned in all new hotels. Owners of existing hotels would be allowed to designate their hotels as either smoking or non-smoking hotels.

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According to the article, the change will have an immediate impact as at least one application to build a new hotel is expected within the next 90 days.

Will it hurt business from European vacationers who are more likely to smoke? It’s possible, one city council member said during the meeting.

The local’s story says the ban will require a final vote, likely in late January.

Many Santa Monica hotels have already banned smoking, the story says.

The all-suite Doubletree by Hilton, for instance, is already 100% smoke-free. As is typical for smoke-free hotels, this one has a designated outdoor smoking area.

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