The man who blew off most of his hand, forced bomb squad technicians to send in a robot, sparked a neighborhood evacuation, all ending with his home being incinerated – pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge in a Shasta County courtroom Friday morning.
The ordinance is simply stated: No smoking is permitted within 20 feet of main entrances, exits and windows -- but according to findings by the California Health Collaborative, half of the 66 Chico businesses they observed during a recent time period are not in compliance with the city-wide ordinance that went into effect January 2013.
"The results were a little disheartening," said Deanne Blankenship of the California Health Collaborative out of Chico.
The California Health Collaborative worked with Kids Leading Everyone Against Nicotine in assembling the data. In its observations, they learned that many chain stores had ash trays right next to their front doors. But there was other tale-tell signs of non-compliance.