Smoking ban on S.F. parks proposed

I just got news of this in my inbox. It seems that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a measure to ban smoking on city property, including parks, gardens, piers and any other property used for recreation. The Chronicle says that violators will be fined $250, though it’s unclear how the law will be enforced.
This is bound to spark some animosity, as many folks assume that they should be able to smoke outdoors if they can’t do so indoors. And while this ban is only on the aforementioned city property, you gotta admit that still puts severe limitations on where a smoker can light up.
I’m a non-smoker, and I’m rather sensitive to the smell of smoke, but I do have quite a few friends who are smokers.. so I do understand their dilemma. It’s a tough habit to crack, and smokers are generally seen as pariahs in most of California. I’m not trying to excuse it; I think it’s a terrible habit, and I usually try to get folks to quit. But a $250 fine for smoking in a park? That sounds kinda excessive. Although I guess you could see it as tough love.
What do you guys think of this?

3 Comments so far

  1. (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2004 @ 8:00 am

    A safe distance away from buildings seems like a resonable request. (I.e., outside by right in the doorway and primary walking areas seems still intrusive to non smokers.)
    To completely ban public-property outdoor smoking seems unreasonable.
    When the government has made all our air pure (finally reduce electric plant emmisions; eliminiate smog; etc etc), then and only then should they remove the trace amounts on non-walkway public space second-hand smoke.
    plus, tobacco smoke does a good job covering up for other things that i like to smoke outdoors.

  2. sweetsweetlemon (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2004 @ 1:44 am

    I would have thought it was a fire prevention measure, like we have here. No smoking in parks during the summer (grass fires and whatnot). But in the winter smoking should be allowed.

  3. (unregistered) on September 29th, 2004 @ 9:20 am

    It’s absoulutely ridiculous to fine a person to some a cig. in park ,yet I do it all the time in city. I can understand their concern for smoking nearby major buildings, etc. and common courtesey for non smokers ,however restricting smoking outside in open areas is ludicrious. Regardless, you can find me smoking in the SF’s streets.

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