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?