New Year, New Smoking Ban: It’s Butts Out in WeHo on Sunday

Sign o' the times
Sign o' the times Photo: West Hollywood Patch

Cigarette butts, that is. Following in the footsteps of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, a new West Hollywood ordinance banning outdoor smoking begins at 11 P.M. on January 1. This includes restaurants with bars–but not bars or lounges–and even the Daily Dose newsstand on Hancock and Santa Monica Boulevard (because it sells M&Ms;, not kidding). WeHo restaurant owners are convinced they’ll lose business. "About 50 percent of my customers are smokers,” Isla Cantina’s Igor Nicholas tells West Hollywood Patch. "We have a very multi-culti clientele and they won’t like it." In other news, non-smokers still won’t go to Isla Cantina. [Patch]

And with that, this cheeky little elf says have a safe, happy and smoke-’em-if-you-got-’em New Year. It’s been a blast! Your regularly scheduled cruise director will return next week relaxed, refreshed and ready for 2012.