The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted to ban smoking at sidewalk cafes, restaurant patios, movie and ATM lines, bingo halls and the common areas of housing complexes. San Franciscans will also be prohibited from smoking near the doorways and windows of offices, shops and restaurants.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
The dangers of secondhand smoke have been documented in studies that found exposure increases the risk of asthma, heart disease, emphysema and lung cancer.
“Those communities that have adopted ordinances like this have actually seen decreases in the numbers of death … so by passing this ordinance you are all saving lives, and I can’t think of a higher calling than that,” San Francisco’s public health chief, Dr. Mitch Katz, told the supervisors prior to their vote.
While San Francisco was at the forefront of the nation’s anti-smoking laws more than a decade ago, the city has slipped behind other jurisdictions and even with the new controls, it doesn’t go as far as some places. In the Bay Area, for example, Richmond and Belmont have tighter restrictions on smoking in housing, and Berkeley has tougher limits on lighting up in outdoor commercial areas, said Licavoli-Farnkopf.
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