The Los Angeles suburb of Rolling Hills may be the only place in the United States where people can't even smoke in their own back yards, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times Sunday.
Thanks to a ban that has been in effect since 1978, but until now loosely enforced, Rolling Hills, with a population of 2,000, will become one of the most smoker-unfriendly places in the country, the newspaper said.On Thursday, according to television and radio reports, officials began handing out leaflets warning visitors that smoking is banned in all outdoor places - even behind the wheel of a car. Anyone caught lighting up outdoors faces a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.
Los Angeles County Fire Department signs posted at the town's gates read, "No smoking! No fires!"