AGENDA ITEM #5B
February 8, 2013
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Bill 33-12, Health and Sanitation - Smoking
Health and Human Services Committee recommendation (3-0):
enact Bill 33-12 with the
• prohibit smoking at bus stops and bus shelters;
• allow the Director of Health and Human Services to designate outdoor smoking areas
on certain County properties;
• do not prohibit smoking on golf courses;
• prohibit smoking at County-owned residences, but grandfather existing tenants.
Bill 33-12, Health and Sanitation - Smoking County Property, sponsored by Councilmembers
Floreen, Navarro, Rice, Riemer, Leventhal, EIrich, and Andrews, was introduced on November
27,2012. A public hearing was held on January 22 (see testimony ©69-74).
What would the Proposed Regulation do?
As introduced, Bill 33-12 would' prohibit smoking on
property owned or leased by the County (see ©27-42 for a list of County-owned property and
©43-48 for a list of County-leased property). The ban would exclude County rights-of-way.
Materials from the chief sponsor, Councilmember Floreen begin on ©7.
What Health Concerns are Associated with Secondhand Smoke?
The United States Surgeon
General tirst raised the topic of involuntary smoking in a 1972 Surgeon General's report entitled
"The Health Consequences of Smoking".
1986, the Surgeon General devoted an entire report
on the health issues regarding involuntary smoking. The most recent version of this report, "The
Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke," was issued in 2006 and is
http://w\,v'w,surgeongcllcraLgov/librarv/secondhandsmoke/. According to the Surgeon General,
exposure to secondhand smoke can cause a variety of health ailments, including heart disease,