Smoking in California where can I and where not?


Where is smoking allowed in California where prohibited?

There are smokers in the USA as well as in other countries, but what does smoker expect when traveling to this country?

Since my husband is a smoker, this question was of course important to him. That's why we were informed before our first trip, how the smoker's law is handled specifically in California!

In California, the pioneer of anti-smoking movement, is the strictest smoking law in the US!

There is no smoking in public buildings, museums, restaurants and bars. Some pedestrian areas and most beaches are smoke-free areas. Smoking is also not allowed in public squares and buildings, in the parks and near children's playgrounds and schools.

In California you are not allowed to smoke in the outdoor area of ​​restaurants and cafes, but if you are looking for you can still find one or the other restaurant with an outdoor smoking area. Usually there are the ashtrays attached to the walls or there are small areas to sit where you can smoke your cigarette.

In front of every shopping center and also in front of airport buildings one has the possibility to smoke. And also on the piers z. B. Santa Monica are conspicuous smoking areas and you get no withdrawal symptoms. Just stand by an ashtray and you're on the safe side.

The penalties when caught smoking in California range from $ 100 the first time to $ 500.

Never smoke in the car, if minors sit in it and yes throw a butt out of the window. Then comes to smoker go still pollution and even fire hazard added.

One should, before lighting a cigarette just look closely at its surroundings. Where smoking is prohibited is clearly indicated by signs.

Calabasas is the first city in the USA, where since 18.03.2006 there is a regulation to protect against passive smoking. This prohibits, for example, smoking outdoors (streets, sidewalks, parks) and buildings (shops, hotels, bars, restaurants) etc.

If you smoke anyway, it can cost you up to $ 1000.

Not to smoke in the vicinity of schools and kindergartens should also be common in Germany. I also wish smoke-free pedestrian zones and parks in Germany. Most of all it bothers me at events and concerts, at an open air, for example, you are fogged all around.


  • I should have read your article about smoking in California earlier ... I paid a pretty penny for falconry. One thing is clear. Anyone who goes on holiday in California smokes much less than usual. The ideal country to get rid of this annoying vice!

    • You smoke less, that's right. It's nerve to find the right place, look for signs, etc. and then still have to stay there.
      Seiher smokes my husband only 3-4 cigarettes a day, which I think is good again.

  • Dear Sigrid,
    your blog post should be mandatory for all tourists before entry 😉 ... whenever in the US ... there have always been some tourists who have noticed because they did not abide by the rules and regulations. Is already directly funny, with the Americans as little fun to understand.

    Again an informative blog post!
    Greetings and have a nice day!

  • mary dream team fitness

    Until a few years ago, the article would have been a little more interesting for me 😉 I have not been smoking for over 3 years now. But I was scared when I learned that smoking is not everywhere as tolerated and allowed as ours!

    Great post,
    best regards

  • Hi
    A great interesting contribution. I'm a non-smoker but for many this post is very useful. In the US one finds again and again any tourists who unintentionally break the law.
    Best regards Lena

  • I think it's really good that it's so strict there. That's what they should introduce here in Germany.
    It's terrible when there are cigarettes everywhere.

    LG Jasmine

  • Hi!
    Really exciting as it is with the smoking of the Amys, we are flying to New York in October and I have to say I will enjoy it very much not having to pay attention to whether I am sitting in the smoking or non-smoking area but it is No one smoked in any restaurant and no one burned my food 😀 Should not be hate against smokers 😉
    I wish you a nice day!
    Greetings Jacqueline

  • I've never thought so because I do not smoke at all 😀 But I think some do not even know it's forbidden and unintentionally break the law: /

    best regards

  • Dear Sigrid, I can only agree with you. Of course I think it's great that you can not smoke in restaurants etc., but an extension to public places with signposted smoking areas like in California would be great.
    Best regards, Ina

    • I also think that would be a wonderful idea! But I do not believe that there will be such a thing in the near future.
      best regards

  • Insanity that it gobs everywhere ashtray, although actually little is smoked ... almost acts as if to animate 😉
    but think it's great that in California smokes little - because we can cut off a Scheube!

    have a nice midweek and love greetings too,
    ❤ Tina from

    • But it is even stricter, Calabasas is the first city in the United States, in which there is a regulation since 18.03.2006 to protect against passive smoking. This prohibits, for example, smoking outdoors (streets, sidewalks, parks) and buildings (shops, hotels, bars, restaurants), etc.
      If you smoke anyway, it can cost you up to $ 1000.
      Greetings and a nice weekend.

  • primetime chaos

    Hui, I am glad that I do not smoke! Here in Austria, they now want to pass a law that allows you to smoke in restaurants and bars again. So what stupid 🙁
    All the best,

    • I agree with you, that would be really stupid!
      There's nothing like eating smokeless, I remember very well where it was not. How can you just change that again?
      best regards

  • Good Morning!

    I am also really happy that it is not the same as it used to be and that you are fogged in every cafe and restaurant. I smoked myself mla and am so happy to have left it. Our children are growing up with a different kind of awareness today, which I think is good. And because of me smoking could also be banned gnaz 😉 hardly anything is more harmful to health.

    I wish you a nice midweek from my favorite reading place!

    All the best,

    • It used to be very uncomfortable when a smoker sometimes even sat at the table with a cigar. I am very happy that we are no longer allowed in the restaurant.
      Greetings and a nice weekend.

  • I did not know that California has such a strict smoking law. Since I really shake your head, that we have not made it in Austria, the ban on smoking in restaurants to ban.

    I think it's good if you have to give up the cigarette in public places or even bars.

    All the best,

    • It is very pleasant to be able to eat in the restaurant without cigarette smoke. If I think of it earlier ... terrible!
      best regards

  • Dear Sigrid

    Such an interesting report !!! I did not know that! Well, I'm not a smoker now, but still very exciting to read everything!

    Have a nice day!


    • For my husband who smokes one now and then it was a bit strange, but there he had to laugh ....
      I wish you a nice weekend dear Jacqueline.
      Greetings Sigrid

  • Interesting, even if no one smokes here. Here in Norway, the laws are similarly strict as far as smoking is concerned, at least in public buildings it is forbidden, as well as schools and kindergartens, as well as in restaurants, there it is always funny, outside you have to smoke, but his drink is a bit high percentage may only be drunk inside ;-).

    Lg from Norway

    • I think the strict smoking law they could introduce us, it is much more pleasant without smoke around you.
      That with the alcoholic drinks I did not know, a bit strange.
      best regards

  • Totally interesting, how differently this is handled. I would be in favor of stricter rules in Germany as well. But as a non-smoker says itself so easy, right? 😉

    best regards

    • My husband smokes, but only 3 cigarettes a day. But he can not smell it himself and always goes to the window or into the garden.
      best regards

  • Hey,

    blatantly it goes there sooo strict. I would not have expected, but through you I am so well informed 😀


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