One of the 2015-2016 Strategic Goals and Priorities of the Town Council was to update the Town’s Smoking Regulations, last revised some 25 years ago. In that regard, on May 17, 2016 the Town Council adopted amendments to the Town’s Smoking Regulations. The amendments to the Town Smoking Regulations come in the context of greater scientific understanding of the dangers of secondhand smoke and the continued drop in the percentage of adult smokers in the Bay Area. The amendments include provisions for prohibiting smoking in public places, commercial areas, and multi-unit residences. All of the amendments have already been adopted by one or more jurisdictions within the Bay Area.
Key Provision of the Ordinance
The amendments to the Town’s Smoking Regulations prohibit smoking in areas that may affect you as a property owner or manager of a commercial or multi-family business. The areas that now prohibit smoking are:
Any area or property in the Town that is in a commercial zone.
All commercial shopping areas and shopping centers and parking lots.
Public or private places of employment with more than 1 employee.
All hotel and motel rooms and common areas.
All indoor/outdoor multi-family housing units and spaces of two (2) or more units.
All parks, playgrounds, sports fields, recreation areas, open space, bike paths, and trails.
All Town-owned facilities, property, grounds, and parking lots.