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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. 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 in all workplaces and many public areas. The Environmental Tobacco Smoke Prevention Program focuses its enforcement efforts on preventing smoking 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.

Resources for Compliance

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 clicking here.