e-Cigarette Ban

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The use of electronic smoking devices (E-Cigarettes) in outdoor dining areas, City parks and recreational areas as well as in the City Hall courtyard and Town Plaza are prohibited per Chapter 9.11 of the Culver City Municipal Code (Sections 9.11.100, et seq.).  The City Council’s adoption of an Ordinance on March 9, 2020 to prohibit E-Cigarettes in such areas follows a long-standing prohibition on smoking in outdoor areas dating back to 2006 (parks and recreational areas) and 2008 (outdoor dining areas).  This Ordinance also removed the exceptions for smoking in City Hall courtyard and Town Plaza.

It was the City Council’s intent, in adopting this Ordinance, to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, by further regulating and reducing public exposure to secondhand smoke, aerosol and vapors.

Ordinance

At its March 9, 2020 meeting, the Culver City City Council voted to amend Chapter 9.11 of the Culver City Municipal Code (Sections 9.11.100, et seq.) to prohibit the use of E-Cigarettes in outdoor dining and parks and recreational areas (including City Hall courtyard and Town Plaza), and to remove the exceptions for smoking in City Hall courtyard and Town Plaza. The Council made its decision in response to the significant increase in e-cigarette use, as well as a substantial amount of new information from public agencies and the scientific community regarding the health impacts of E-Cigarettes, since the provisions were last updated in 2008.

Key Dates

  • March 9, 2020 - The City Council adopted an Ordinance amending Chapter 9.11 of the Culver City Municipal Code (Sections 9.11.100 et seq.).
  • April 8, 2020 - The Ordinance went into effect.

Violations and Penalties

Violation of CCMC Sections 9.11.100 et seq. may result in criminal, civil and administrative penalties in accordance with CCMC Section 9.11.130. 

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What classifies as an E-Cigarette?

  • How will I know if I’m illegally using an e-cigarette in a prohibited public area?

  • Does this mean I can’t smoke or use e-cigarettes or similar products in an established Designated Smoking Area in the City Hall Courtyard?

  • Why did the City prohibit the use of e-cigarettes?

  • Why are secondhand e-cigarette aerosol (vapor) emissions harmful?

  • Does the City enforce the Ordinance?

  • Who can I contact with other questions?