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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance that prohibits smoking e-cigarettes in all the same places as smoking regular cigarettes. Breathe California staff met with policy makers to provide technical assistance on the proposed campaign strategy. A staff member was one of the central speakers at the opening presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

EricMar“The most proud that I’ve been as a Supervisor with my ten colleagues on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is in developing policy from the bottom up. Breathe California and our environmental justice organizations have really been wonderful, making it easy for policymakers like me so that we use local policymaking to really promote leadership and a brighter future for everyone.” – Supervisor Eric Mar

Street Events in San Francisco now Smoke-Free!

The goal of Breathe California’s San Francisco Smoke-Free Street Fun (SF3) Project was to eliminate tobacco smoke at street events in the city. Breathe California’s opinion survey conducted in 2011 found that 67% favor making street events in San Francisco smoke-free and that 59% have been bothered by secondhand smoke at street events.

In January of 2013, an ordinance introduced by Supervisor Mar to make street events smoke-free was passed unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. This legislation requires that 1) a “no-smoking” sign be posted at all street events; 2) several announcements be made to indicate that the event is a smoke-free event; and 3) all promotional and advertising materials promoting the event disclose that the event is smoke-free.

In addition to the health benefits of this policy, it also shows a commitment to promoting healthier communities in San Francisco and making street events greener with less toxic smoke and litter.

Breathe California thanks Supervisor Mar, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the community organizations that endorsed the policy for their support.


Screenshot 2014-08-29 21.01.56Breathe California played a vital role in Daly City adopting a smoke free multi-unit housing ordinance that will protect residents in over 7,000 units. Breathe California staff provided policy makers with educational materials and a presentation at their study session. After the policy was adopted, Breathe California recognized the City Council for their policy efforts to protect residents from secondhand smoke. (Mayor Raymond Buenaventura pictured at right with Breathe California’s Karen Licavoli)