News | San Mateo County Bans Smoking In Residences

TheĀ Board of Supervisors in San Mateo County, California have approved a ban that makes it illegal to smoke tobacco in your apartment, condominium or townhouse. The vote was 4-1.

The ordinance makes it illegal to smoke inside or around multiple unit dwellings with one or more shared ceilings, floors, walls or ventilation systems.

In addition to banning smoking inside buildings with shared spaces, the ordinance prohibits it within 30 feet of building complexes, including decks, patios and other common areas.

Medical marijuana is exempted under the ordinance.

The enforcement will be complaint-driven and violators will be fined up to $100 for the first infraction, $200 for the second and $500 for the third. If there are more than three violations in a year the person will be charged with a misdemeanor.

San Mateo County is home to 718,000 residents over 744 square miles and was founded in 1856