Ordinance Supports Smoke-Free Parks

The City of Santa Ana is proud to announce a cleaner, healthier outdoor environment with a new ordinance prohibiting smoking in City parks. This decision addresses the numerous health hazards associated with secondhand tobacco smoke exposure, such as cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, and asthma. Studies show that even brief contact with secondhand smoke can pose extreme health risks to elderly individuals, children, and anyone with impaired respiratory functioning. By improving the air in public spaces, the ordinance demonstrates the City’s commitment to the protection of Santa Ana residents and visitors. Promoting well-being and discouraging dangerous smoking habits will ensure that families can more safely enjoy Santa Ana parks and recreation facilities.

The ordinance will go into effect on March 7, 2012. All violations will be cited beginning on July 1, 2012 following the completion of a public education program and the posting of signs in designated areas.

Smoking restrictions will cover the following public locations:
• City parks, including Class I Bike Trails
• Recreation and playground areas
• City buildings and facilities situated in or near a City park
• The Eddie West Field at the Santa Ana Stadium
• The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park

Below is a message by Santa Ana’s Youth which reminds everyone of this new No-Smoking Ordinance in city parks