Smoking ban moves forward

San Franciscans would see a bevy of more “no smoking” signs in The City if legislation introduced Tuesday is approved.

As The Examiner reported in November, Supervisor Eric Mar reignited the stalled legislation that would forbid smoking in a slew of new settings, adding to existing bans in bars, restaurants, parks, transit stops and taxis.

The bill would expand no-smoking zones to include farmers’ markets, outdoor seating areas of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, and common areas of multiunit housing complexes.

Smokers would have to light up farther away from entrances, exits, windows and vents of all buildings. And smoking would only be allowed at the curb of sidewalks, streets and alleys. If there is no curb, smoking would be prohibited within 15 feet of entrances or exits, according to the bill.

Smokers also would have to be at least 20 feet from transit shelters, boarding areas and ticket lines, including those for cable cars.

The legislation would ban smoking while waiting in lines at ATMs, theaters, athletic events, concert venues and cab stands.

The initiative — meant to further protect residents from harmful secondhand smoke — was introduced after more than two years of vetting by community groups, local businesses and The City, Mar said.

Those who break the rules would face up to a $100 fine for the first offense and upward of $500 for multiple offenses, the legislation says.
The bill was introduced in 2008, but it faced opposition from businesses and did not gain the political traction needed for approval.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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