The El Cerrito City Council has announced their plans to control tobacco use in the city, directing the assistant city manager to begin work on legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, and banning smoking in parks and open spaces, on sidewalks, as well as in multifamily housing and commercial areas.

According to the Times-Herald, the council is also exploring the idea of hiring an enforcement officer that would be able to issue fines and citations for those in violation of the potential changes.

The council directed Karen Pinkos, assistant city manager, to have the proposals ready for its June 5 meeting and plans to have a final version ready by July or August.

El Cerrito is located in Contra Costa County, approximately 15 miles northeast of San Francisco. It is home to approximately 25,000 residents.

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