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San Francisco bans smoking tobacco in apartments

The town hall of San Francisco has banned smoking tobacco in the apartments due to the second-hand smoke problem. But smoking a joint? No problem.

With a 10-1 vote of the Board of Supervisors, San Francisco becomes the largest city in United States where tobacco smoking is prohibited in apartments, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The original proposal wanted to ban residents smoking marijuana in their apartments, but supervisors excluded the herb because activists said it was the only place where they could legally smoke it. State law prohibits smoking in public places.

“Unlike tobacco smokers, who could leave their apartments to smoke on the sidewalk or other permitted areas, cannabis users would not have those legal alternatives,” said supervisor Rafael Mandelman.

San Francisco it joins 63 cities and counties in California where this ban applies.

Opponents of the ban say it violates their rights within their homes. Supporters say it protects the health of non-smokers, particularly low-income ones who live in densely packed buildings.

The cigarette kills more than 480,000 people per year in the United States, 41 of whom are victims of secondhand smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Department of Public Health will be responsible for applying the new law. In the first instance he will try to educate the violators of the norm and help them to try to quit smoking. Repeat offenders could be fined up to $ 1,000 per day, but cannot be evicted from the home.

The rule requires a second vote next week and the mayor’s signature. It would take effect 30 days later.

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