Living: Hands Up and Butts Out!

Beverly Hills outlaws smoking in restaurants

"It's like the Old West. Whoever draws his gun first wins. Someone lights a cigarette, and another person says, 'You can't smoke here.' Then the first says, 'I dare you to do something about it.' And there goes the peace and tranquillity of an evening meal."

-- Joe Patti, owner of La Famiglia restaurant

On April 3 a new era began in Beverly Hills: smoking was banned in restaurants and retail stores. Three weeks later many cigarettes remain unlit but scorched tempers are flaring. In cafes and restaurants throughout this clean, orderly city, known for its per capita wealth and celebrity...

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