The Burbank City Council on Tuesday directed city officials to draft stricter restrictions for businesses with designated outdoor smoking areas next to multifamily complexes following secondhand smoke complaints by neighboring residents.
The new regulations would require new businesses that are located adjacent to residential buildings to install ventilation systems and patio covers over their outdoor smoking areas to divert smoke from entering residential units.
At a town hall meeting last year, a woman complained about smoke entering her apartment in the Silver Winds senior complex in the Media Village, located at Magnolia Boulevard and Third Street. Her complaints prompted officials to take a closer look at the city’s smoking ordinance.
“We are suffering,” the resident said at the time, adding that if she could afford to move, she would.
Three businesses below the complex, including Café O Hookah Lounge, Gitana Restaurant and Video Symphony, have outdoor smoking areas. Over the last roughly two years, the city has received 11 secondhand smoking complaints about these businesses.