Smoking Ban in Multi-Unit Residences Under Consideration
The City Council will consider smoking restrictions for multi-unit residences and common areas at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 5 in order to help reduce the public's exposure to secondhand smoke. Council will also review whether to remove the bingo game exemption of its current smoking ordinance.
The ordinance currently prohibits smoking in the following areas:
• Commercial areas (regional and neighborhood) • Outdoor dining areas • Outdoor service areas: bus stops, ATMs, ticket lines, etc. • All public events • Places of employment, including construction worksites • All parks and open space, including golf course • Within 25 feet of enclosed areas
Exceptions to the current ban are allowed if there is a designated smoking area established and approved by the City that is at least 25 feet from buildings and includes a cigarette butt receptacle.
The City conducted a survey to multi-unit residential units in March 2015 and found:
• 80 percent said smoke inside the unit bothers them • 64 percent indicated it bothers them very much • 90 percent favor smoking restrictions in multi-unit housing
In February 2017, the City will return to Council with a draft local ordinance that includes any amendments made at Monday’s meeting. You can read the full Staff Report here.