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City Hosts Info Meeting Tuesday on New Anti-Smoking Laws

At an informational meeting scheduled for 1 p.m., City Manager Jim McCann plans to ead a discussion surrounding proposed new anti-smoking regulations. The City Council takes up the matter Sept. 4.


Mill Valley City Manager Jim McCann will lead an informational meeting Tuesday on the details of the city's plans to pursue a new smoking ordinance.

The new regulations, which would tighten up existing restrictions and add some new ones, would affect about a dozen businesses, according to McCann. The meeting, scheduled for Aug. 21 at 1 p.m., is aimed at educating residents and business owners about the proposed changes and to open the floor for questions and public comment. The City Council is set to take up the proposed changes at its regular meeting on Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.

City officials are looking to create anti-smoking laws that are more aligned with other cities in Marin. Mill Valley, having received an F for  in the American Lung Association's annual State of Tobacco Control Report, looks to improve its standing in the Marin anti-smoking arena.

At the Sept. 4 meeting, the City Council will consider an amendment that would include:

  • A ban on smoking in any place where food and/or drink offered for sale, including outdoor areas of restaurants and bars;
  • A ban on smoking at a minimum of 20 feet from any entrance, opening or exit of any enclosed area, including windows;
  • A ban on smoking within any park located in the City of Mill Valley on City property;
  • Prohibition on smoking within a minimum of 20 feet of: Service lines (ATMs, ticket lines, bus stops, transit shelters, and cab stands; Working road, building and construction crews; Recreational areas (playgrounds, sporting facilities, children's play areas, and rinks);
  • A ban on smoking at all public events including but not limited to, sports events, entertainment, speaking performances, ceremonies, pageants, parades, fairs and farmer's markets;
  • Prohibition on smoking in any vehicles, buses, taxicabs, and other means of public transit under the authority of the City of Mill Valley;
  • A ban on the disposal of smoking waste or tobacco product waste within the boundaries of an area in which smoking is prohibited;
  • A permanent designation of a minimum of 80 percent of guest rooms in every hotel and motel and bed-and-breakfast facilities as completely nonsmoking;
  • A tobacco retailer's license provision that will require retail licensing for tobacco sales, and gives cities leverage to penalize vendors who continue to illegally sell tobacco products to minors.
Elza Burton August 20, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Hurray! Does this mean that the Plaza will be non-smoking? Is it considered a park?
Rico August 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I think that the City should go one step further, ban diesel trucks and buses from downtown. Even "clean diesel" vehicles pollute the air far more than cigarettes or pot sticks do.
Anne Tique August 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Richard, are you sure about your conclusion about diesel fuel?
Rico August 22, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Anne, The BAAQMD and the local politicians claim that by banning smoking anything is going to change our world into being a better place. So, they pick on things that they can, but avoid the realities of our modern industrial societies. Marin is much different than the rest of the bay area, our air blows (usually) to the east bay and the south bay. There is not much diesel fuel burnt here, there are plentiful trees that give off oxygen, and there is no real industrial base in Mill Valley. The real problems of air pollution in the bay area and beyond are caused by : trains, train yards, the multitude of industrial operations like chemical plants, agricultural burns, spraying pesticides, fungisides and herbicides, vehicle exhaust, shipping ports, power plants, sewer plants, airports, barbeques and even commercial bakeries and coffee roasting plants. We erally do have very good air in Mill Valley, but the do gooders and political puppies need to make a show and ban outdoor smoking. A big waste of money and time. Most people that smoke are considerate anyway, so this show is a joke. Do you think that anybody will care or abide by these silly new rules ? I seriously doubt it. Instead of focusing on something that is an easy target to make you feel good, focus on the real problems of air pollution in the "greater" bay area.
Anne Tique August 22, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Richard, you didn't answer my question, but, ok.


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