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San Rafael Smoking Ban Goes into Effect Next Week

Smoking will prohibited in all duplex and multi-family residential units that share a common wall.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
Starting next week, lighting up in San Rafael could get you into big trouble.

Even in the privacy of your home.

A law banning smoking in certain residences and open spaces approved unanimously by the City Council last year year goes into effect on Nov. 14 (corrected).

Marin County's toughest anti-smoking law prohibits lighting up in all duplex and multi-family residential units that share a common wall.

You also won't be allowed to smoke on downtown sidewalks and local parks under the ban.

City officials say the ordinance was put in place to protect the community from secondhand smoke.

“This ordinance is not a case of the government arbitrarily swooping in to impinge on individual freedoms,” Councilman Damon Connolly said at last year's October meeting in which the ordinance was approved.

“It was born from a drum beat of concerns from residents.”

Property owners and managers will be required to enforce this new law through lease amendments.

They will also be required to post signage.




J D Harris November 08, 2013 at 01:58 PM
I think you meant November 14 as the effective date. Anyway, I have been anxiously waiting for this. Second hand smoke IS a public health issue. As an apt. dweller with respiratory issues, I now have a official right to complain when my inconsiderate neighbors smoke out on their decks. If those people spent just a half day with my lungs, they'd do whatever it takes to stop smoking. The big question is will my complex's management have the cajones to enforce this ordinance? Now if we can just do something about those toxic, heavily-perfumed dryer sheets. They are just as bad.
Gideon Rubin November 08, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Yes, Nov. 14. Thanks J.D.!
Kevin Moore November 09, 2013 at 03:06 PM
I wish smokers would give up the notion that the world is an ashtray. Bring a plastic bag for your butts. I don't understand how new smokers get into the habit. The harmful affects have been known for 40 years. Oh well, I guess I eat too many hamburgers. At least I don't drop the wrapper on the ground when I am done.
Mike Adams November 15, 2013 at 08:51 PM
S.R. reminds me of what Nazi Germany was like during WWII........And the poor Cigarette Smokers are the poor Jewish people & the town of S.R. are the sadistic gestapo! Why would anyone live in such a fascist town like S.R.? Since Cigarette Smokers are HATED so much why do you let them live in your precious little hamlet?

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