Modesto Council Poised To Give Final Approval Of Park, Hospital Smoking Ban
The ban is drawing both praise for its health benefits and complaints about government overreach.
Residents React To Modesto Smoking Ban
Modesto’s effort to ban smoking in its parks and on its trails – including the Virginia Corridor – drew mixed responses from parkgoers Sunday, from those who support it and say it promotes a healthy lifestyle to those who believe the city is being heavy-handed and question whether it can enforce the prohibition. The City Council on Feb. 28 voted 6-1 to ban smoking in city parks and trails and within 100 feet of the entrance and exit of a hospital. The council is expected to give its final approval to the ban Tuesday, and it would take effect 30 days after that. Modesto would join Patterson, Hughson and Turlock in banning smoking in parks. (Valine, 3/5)
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Clinic Restores San Diego Seniors' Smiles With Much-Needed Dental Care
Cavities, gum disease and lost teeth are commonplace among seniors. That’s due in part to the fact that Medicare doesn’t pay for dental care. That means a trip to the dentist is a luxury many seniors can’t afford. A new dental clinic in downtown San Diego is trying to make dentistry more affordable for needy seniors. (Goldberg, 3/6)