Sonoma City Council mulls ways to curb smoking

Sonoma recently received an “F” from the American Lung Association for its lack of oversight on cigarette smoking – and some City Council members took it to heart.

“Wow, we are wanting,” Councilmember Laurie Gallian said Monday night, describing her reaction to seeing the failing grade.

Mayor Tom Rouse also was alarmed, so when Elizabeth Emerson, a North Bay anti-smoking advocate, asked if she and others could address the council about what might be done to improve matters, he said yes.

That led to testimony on Monday from cancer survivors, American Lung Association representatives and others, resulting in a 4-1 vote directing staff to investigate how the city might limit or ban smoking in certain areas, such as the Plaza.

Marin County “started with an ‘F’ too,” Emerson told the council. But in 2012, she and others convinced that county to ban smoking in all apartment and condo complexes throughout its unincorporated areas. Other limitations were implemented as well.

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