San Francisco’s anti-smoking laws intensified Tuesday with the passage of a law banning smoking at outdoor public events and another requiring landlords to disclose the number of on-site smoking units in buildings.
Not surprisingly, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved both pieces of legislation introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar, who championed them as protecting the public from unwanted exposure to secondhand smoke. Read More
San Francisco is snuffing out smoking one law at a time.
The City is on the verge of enacting a smoking ban at public events like Carnival and the Fillmore Jazz Festival. And on top of banning smoking at the public events, the Board of Supervisors may today nudge apartment owners to eliminate smoking by requiring landlords to designate all units either smoking or non-smoking and to disclose such information publicly. Read More
Although they often butt heads, landlords and tenant advocates have joined forces in support of a proposed new ordinance that apartment owners believe could increase the supply of smoke-free rental housing in The City.
Supervisor Eric Mar, no stranger to health-conscious lawmaking, has introduced legislation that would make landlords designate their apartment units as smoking or nonsmoking and disclose this information to tenants and in advertising. Read More
The City’s efforts to keep Twitter in San Francisco (“Twitter tax break takes stage,” March 15) are very important to job growth in The City. Twitter is important not only as a rapidly growing job producer in its own right, but as a marquee symbol of San Francisco’s (only recently achieved) status as a technology startup hub. Read More
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Smokers have been banned from smoking near buildings, shunned at parks and beaches, and restricted in many other ways.
But there is an unlikely place where officials have not been able to snuff out cigarettes — public medical facilities.
A little-known 1982 state law requires skilled-nursing facilities — such as the San Mateo County-run Burlingame Long-Term Care center and Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco — to provide “designated areas for smoking.” Read More
San Francisco was once was a leader in its anti-smoking policies, but it is now home to one of the highest percentages of smokers compared to other large cities in California.Roughly 13 percent of residents in The City are smokers, according to a new report released by the California Department of Public Health on Monday. By comparison, about 10 percent of the population of Los Angeles and 11 percent of San Diego smokes. Read More
San Francisco’s famed counterculture neighborhood should not be used to sell cigarettes, says at least one city official.
On Monday, R.J. Reynolds was sent a letter asking the North Carolina-based company to cease its “Break Free Adventure Campaign” and recall the associated special edition cigarette packs that reference San Francisco and the Haight neighborhood, according to City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Read More
Two years ago, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to ban the sale of tobacco products in drugstores like Walgreens. Now, The City will consider expanding the ban to include grocery stores with on-site pharmacies. Read More