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Helpful Links


San Francisco Health Code, Article 19 San Francisco Smoking Pollution Control


Tobacco Free Project Website


USEPA Secondhand Smoke


United States Surgeon General’s Report on Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking

Related Programs

Air Quality Home Page

Retail Tobacco Permits

Program Contact

Janine Young

Program Coordinator

Office: (415) 252-3903

Fax: (415) 252-3959

Environmental Tobacco Smoke Prevention Program

The goal of the Environmental Tobacco Smoke Prevention Program is to protect residents from harmful exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and secondhand exposure to other tobacco derived products. Long term exposure to secondhand smoke may increase the risk of respiratory problems in children and may contribute to lung cancer and coronary heart disease in nonsmoking adults.


Principal Activities and Services

City law prohibits smoking of tobacco and e-cigarettes in all workplaces and many public areas. The Environmental Tobacco Smoke Prevention Program focuses its enforcement efforts on preventing smoking and use of e-cigarettes in several locations with the highest risks for workers and residents

  • Bars and restaurants
  • Shared areas of apartments and hotels
  • Tobacco shops


The program also works with landlords and property owners in developing plans to limit smoke exposure indoors. Complaints about smoking in parks, on sidewalks outside building entrances and other public area should go directly to the property or buisiness owner or manager.

Fact Sheets and Resources for Compliance with San Francisco Secondhand Smoke Prevention Laws:

DPH Enforcement of Smoking in Workplaces and Residences Diagram (pdf)

Smoking Prohibition Enforcement Alert for Restaurants, Bars, Night Clubs, Lounges, & Hookah

Smoke Free Ordinance General Requirements FAQ

Smoke Free Ordinance & Multiple-Unit Housing Complexes FAQ

Smoke Free Food Establishments FAQ

No Smoking Sticker; Also available in Chinese, Russian, and Spanish (pdf)


Making a Complaint

If you witness smoking inside a buisiness or in a common area of a hotel or apartment, you may report a complaint to the Environmental Health Section by calling 311 or clicking here.