On Tuesday, legislators in Pismo Beach, Calif. approved an ordinance that will bring an end to smoking in most public places and comes with significant fines for anyone in violation of the new law.

It’s an extensive ban that covers places of employment, recreation areas, outdoor or open-air dining areas, as well as 25-foot buffer zones surrounding these places.

The ban also applies to within 50 feet of any door, window or vent to a business, as well as sidewalks within the downtown core of the city and event spaces such as farmers’ markets, concerts or fairs. It is also a fine to dispose of tobacco products in or within 25 feet of an area where smoking is prohibited.

The ban was approved by a 3-2 vote and will go into effect on April 18. First-time violators will be subject to a fine of $250, while repeat offenses raise that number to $500.

Pismo Beach is home to approximately 8,200 residents.

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