Outdoor Smoking Ban: West Hollywood's Identity Crisis


West Hollywood is an "anything goes" kind of place. You can wear whatever, think whatever, look however and it's not only OK here, it's expected. Individuality and freedom make up the cornerstone of West Hollywood.

It's also a place for the unusually health-conscious. Not only are there the usual yoga studios, gyms and smoothie shops, but there's easy access to health-care information. The community has been focused and on more than just the buff bods that can result from health: It was one of the first to respond to the AIDS crisis.

And so with the proposal of an outdoor smoking ban this area of Los Angeles has gone into bit of a tizzy. Now it's become a clash of the freedom loving urbanites versus the health-conscious environmentalists