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Anxiety’s not just for potheads anymore: cigarette smokers have a right honest excuse to be paranoid too, as forces are at work RIGHT NOW to ban smoking nearly everywhere.

San Francisco’s smoking ban was extended Tuesday to ATMs, outdoor seating at cafes, queues of nearly every nature — including lines to, say, buy cigarettes — and bars with smoking patios if the bar is located in a mixed-use building. This legislation passed the Board of Supervisors 10-0, but does not go nearly far enough, according to the anti-smoking activists who spent “two years” pushing stricter controls on butts.

Eventually, Breathe California envisions a San Francisco with no indoor semi-enclosed smoking patios, and no smoking on outdoor patios at all (yes, Zeitgeist, they will not rest until you are dead). This wasn’t politically practicable at the moment, however, forcing the organization to compromise with supervisors whose ears are had by the small business community, according to Breathe California spokeswoman Karen Licavoli-Farnkopf.

“It took us two and a half years to get [here],” she said Tuesday. “We had to make compromises to get something passed.”

Bars in mixed-use units — i.e. with housing above and a bar below — will be forced to shutter their semi-enclosed smoking rooms under the new law. If any smoking patios opened after Jan 1 of this year, they, too, will be shut down.

Why so serious? Smoking kills, duh: and there’s no safe level to smoke exposure. “End of story,” said Licavoli-Farnkopf, who said that bans on smoking in residential units could be in the works.

The Appeal has contacted representatives from the bar industry as well as folks who sit on the Entertainment and Small Business commissions for their sides of the story. We’ll post back when we hear back.

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  • Xenu

    Now Obama will never visit SF again. 🙁

  • Xenu

    Now Obama will never visit SF again. 🙁

  • Breather

    A person who smokes has no right to pollute the air. Pick up those butts, too.

  • Breather

    A person who smokes has no right to pollute the air. Pick up those butts, too.

  • renegade

    I don’t think the tobacco industry cares about all this anti-smoking legislation in the U.S., being that if you don’t smoke in places such as Asia, there’s something wrong with you.

  • renegade

    I don’t think the tobacco industry cares about all this anti-smoking legislation in the U.S., being that if you don’t smoke in places such as Asia, there’s something wrong with you.

  • PhilD

    I’d like to see what Zeitgeist looks like without the smoking.
    All premature schadenfreude aside, this is ridiculous. Do the supervisors have any other bright ideas to cripple local business before they get to the more urgent job of FIXING THIS BROKEN CITY?

    Next they’ll hold a unanimous vote to give each other congratulatory handjobs for being so frikkin awesome at ignoring actual problems.

  • PhilD

    I’d like to see what Zeitgeist looks like without the smoking.
    All premature schadenfreude aside, this is ridiculous. Do the supervisors have any other bright ideas to cripple local business before they get to the more urgent job of FIXING THIS BROKEN CITY?

    Next they’ll hold a unanimous vote to give each other congratulatory handjobs for being so frikkin awesome at ignoring actual problems.

  • generalsn

    Why not simply bans the sale of cigaretes in California. Problem solved.

  • generalsn

    Why not simply bans the sale of cigaretes in California. Problem solved.

  • Belgand

    Why such a paranoid, pro-smoking slant behind this piece? I’m incredibly glad to hear this news. For far too long people have seemed to believe that outdoor seating at cafes was put there just for them to smoke. If anything it’s simply a legislative clarification that “no smoking in restaurants” means the entire place.

    If history proves anything though there will still be plenty of rude, inconsiderate smokers who fail to take others into consideration.

    Speaking of which, as was said earlier, stop throwing your butts on the ground wherever you happen to be standing. You wouldn’t do that for anything else so why are cigarettes so magical?

  • Belgand

    Why such a paranoid, pro-smoking slant behind this piece? I’m incredibly glad to hear this news. For far too long people have seemed to believe that outdoor seating at cafes was put there just for them to smoke. If anything it’s simply a legislative clarification that “no smoking in restaurants” means the entire place.

    If history proves anything though there will still be plenty of rude, inconsiderate smokers who fail to take others into consideration.

    Speaking of which, as was said earlier, stop throwing your butts on the ground wherever you happen to be standing. You wouldn’t do that for anything else so why are cigarettes so magical?

  • bloomsm

    What an absurd lack of priorities this board continues to show. We live in the age of the nanny state; I am sure a city-wide lights out policy is coming.

  • bloomsm

    What an absurd lack of priorities this board continues to show. We live in the age of the nanny state; I am sure a city-wide lights out policy is coming.

  • Josh

    Far Enough? How about crowding the corners of sidewalks, which is where the legislation allows for the smokers to go. For some districts with corner bars on alleyways, and sidewalk which aren’t wide, this means a whole lot of crowding, on the sidewalks, of smokers, in the cold.

    There was nothing wrong with the indoor patios. What they’ve done here is crafted bad public policy. Nice intent, lousy implementation. Disallowing new indoor patios, means new and old bars can’t create spaces which work for both their smoking patrons & the safety of their non-smoking patrons.

    The financial loss to these businesses is great enough, that I think we need to craft the correct details for how these patios should be done correctly, rather than outlawing them, or we’re facing down a lawsuit the bars and their patrons are likely to win.

  • Josh

    Far Enough? How about crowding the corners of sidewalks, which is where the legislation allows for the smokers to go. For some districts with corner bars on alleyways, and sidewalk which aren’t wide, this means a whole lot of crowding, on the sidewalks, of smokers, in the cold.

    There was nothing wrong with the indoor patios. What they’ve done here is crafted bad public policy. Nice intent, lousy implementation. Disallowing new indoor patios, means new and old bars can’t create spaces which work for both their smoking patrons & the safety of their non-smoking patrons.

    The financial loss to these businesses is great enough, that I think we need to craft the correct details for how these patios should be done correctly, rather than outlawing them, or we’re facing down a lawsuit the bars and their patrons are likely to win.

  • Richy

    In general, I find smoking people to be extremely considerate. The more expensive and illegal it becomes, the more people will desire it. Weed as an example. So, you know, nuff said.

  • Richy

    In general, I find smoking people to be extremely considerate. The more expensive and illegal it becomes, the more people will desire it. Weed as an example. So, you know, nuff said.

  • Richy

    Good thing they didn’t ban fools. I think illegal drugs are more or less “banned” from sale… that’s really working. All those smokers and no cigarettes…. hide, lock your doors, run.

  • Richy

    Good thing they didn’t ban fools. I think illegal drugs are more or less “banned” from sale… that’s really working. All those smokers and no cigarettes…. hide, lock your doors, run.