Smoke-Free Public Places
At its January 16, 2018 meeting, the Dana Point City Council voted to adopted Ordinance 18-02, which expanded the City's current smoking prohibitions to include all public places, such as sidewalks, streets, and alleys.
The ordinance, which became effective on February 15, 2018, is aimed at all types of smoking products, including tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, and marijuana.
Pursuant to the ordinance, smoking is only permitted in the following location, unless otherwise provided by state or federal law:
1) Private residential property, other than those used as a child-care or health-care facility subject to State licensing requirements; and
2) Within a moving or stationary vehicle, including a vehicle on a public street or right of way, or parked in a public place.
Hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast establishments may establish rules permitting or prohibiting smoking on portions of their property that is not open to the public, such as guest rooms, pools, and similar facilities and areas provided that such rules comply with all applicable laws.
In adopting the ordinance, the City Council directed the City to pursue voluntary compliance with the ordinance through progressive enforcement.
The City does not intend to assign police officers to seek out and ticket individuals who are smoking in public places. The ordinance is designed to be self-enforcing to obtain voluntary compliance through visible signage and community outreach materials.
However, police personnel as well as any fire, marine safety, or code enforcement officer will be asked to: maintain an awareness of the City's smoking regulations; warn and educate members of the public of the smoking prohibitions; and enforce as needed.
Violations of the ordinance are infractions of the City's Municipal Code and fines ranging from $100 to $500 may be issued.
Public Outreach & Education Materials
Smoke-Free Dana Point Poster available for download and print
- Citywide Smoking Policy Considerations - October 3, 2017 City Council meeting
- Introduction of the Ordinance - December 5, 2017 City Council meeting
- Second Reading of the Ordinance - January 16, 2018 City Council meeting
Resources to Help Quit Smoking
The City would like to assist our residents, local businesses, and employees by providing resources to help individuals who want to take steps towards quitting smoking.
- County of Orange
FREE smoking cessation services, including nicotine patches, for those who live, work, or attend school in Orange County.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guide to quitting, topics related to quitting, and quitting resources.
Tools, tips, articles, and information to help smokers quit.
- California Smokers' Helpline
FREE telephone counseling, self-help materials, and online help to quit smoking.