The City Council has snuffed out a proposed smoking ban in restaurants, deciding instead to consider having partitions and ventilation systems clear the air for non-smoking diners.

The council deadlocked 6-6 on the outright ban Tuesday before voting 8-4 to draft the compromise ordinance for restaurants serving more than 50 patrons.Los Angeles already prohibits smoking in supermarkets, elevators and at public meetings and requires non-smoking areas in all large restaurants.