SF Steps Closer to Becoming Smokeless City

By Jessica Greene
|  Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM PDT
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SF Steps Closer to Becoming Smokeless City

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The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to pass a resolution to ban smoking just about everywhere within the City's borders.

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San Francisco is edging closer to becoming an anti-smoker's paradise and to some, a more intrusive "nanny" city.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to pass a resolution to ban smoking just about everywhere within the City's borders -- indoors and out.

The new rule makes it illegal to light up at sidewalk cafes, restaurant patios, movie and ATM lines and the common areas of housing complexes. It will also be a much easier breathing experience at outdoor dining tables, farmers markets, lines for movies theaters, concerts and sporting events, near cab stands and ATMs. The resolution also bans smoking near doorways and windows of offices, shops and restaurants and at bingo halls.

Smoking is already banned in workplaces, bars, taxicabs and city parks. It has taken two years and numerous amendments for the expanded rules to pass.

Some bar owners and other merchants are worried the crackdown will drive away business. Patrons of the Cigar Bar & Grill in Jackson Square light up outside the store, on the patio, but now they won't be allowed. The owner tells the Chronicle he worries that he'll have to revamp his business or shut down altogether because of the new rules.

Smokers won't have much luck polluting areas in other Bay Area nanny cities either. Belmont, Palo Alto, Hayward, Novato and Berkeley also have similar rules against smoking in public places.

Some of the strictest smoking bans in the Bay Area are in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Dublin, Emeryville, Hayward, Healdsburg, Los Gatos, Marin County, Martinez, Newark, Novato, Oakland, Pleasanton, Richmond, Ross, San Anselmo, San Jose, San Ramon, Santa Rosa, Union City and Windsor.

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