E-cigarettes could soon be banned from county public spaces, such as buildings, parks, parking lots and public outdoor spaces in unincorporated areas, when the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors considers expanding its tobacco policy to include electronic smoking devices at its Tuesday meeting.
The policy change would ban use of electronic smoking devices from county facilities, outdoor dining areas, public events, construction sites and pools and playgrounds at apartment complexes that fall under the county’s jurisdiction.
According to a staff report, the policy change is due in part to concern over youth using electronic cigarettes. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids in January, calls jumped 156 percent from 271 calls in 2011 to 3,957 calls in 2014. The staff report also cites concerns over the health impacts, such as various illnesses and death, that smoking has on smokers and nonsmokers alike.
The board will also consider a new ordinance that would ban skateboarding on certain county streets.
In November, the California Highway Patrol sent a letter to 3rd District Supervisor Doreen Farr, stating that there has been an increase of incidents and reports related to skateboarding on graded county roads. According to the CHP, skateboarders use these roads to propel themselves at excessive speeds, without enough regard for life or property.
If adopted, the ordinance would ban skateboarding on San Marcos Road, from 600 feet north of Via Parva to Highway 154, Painted Cave Road, from Highway 154 to East Camino Cielo, and Gilbraltar Road, from the Santa Barbara city limits to East Camino Cielo.
The supervisors meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the County Administration Building in Santa Barbara. The meeting also can be viewed online at countyofsb.org.