Letters to the Editor

Pismo Beach should do more to enforce smoke-free laws

A smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.
A smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. AP

As a member of the Pismo Beach community and parent to a 2-year-old, I am writing to encourage the City Council to take action and enforce the smoke-free laws that local jurisdictions, including Pismo Beach, have worked so hard to establish. As I look forward to spending time outdoors with my 2-year-old, it would be nice to not worry about shielding my child from secondhand smoke on our local piers, beaches and parks, as his lungs are still developing. I believe the state government has greater resources and funds to police smoking bans in the same way they do alcohol bans.

Secondhand smoke is a serious problem. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and can cause coronary heart disease and stroke.

I hope the local police departments in our area will start writing more citations for those who do not respect our goal to have clean air in our beautiful beach town.

Monica Del Real, Pismo Beach

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