Alameda Co. Lawmakers ban smoking in multi-unit homes in unincorporated areas – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (BCN / CBS SF) – Smoking among residents with multiple units in Alameda County’s unincorporated areas will be banned in July, thanks to a unanimous vote by the county supervisory board on Tuesday.

After three years of discussion, policy makers adopted the regulation in hopes of preventing passive smoking in residential structures such as apartments, townhouses, elderly care facilities and any other dwelling with two or more units.

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The new regulation will cover the unincorporated cities of Ashland, Cherryland, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Fairview, Hayward Acres and Sunol.

From 1 July, smoking will also not be permitted in common outdoor and indoor areas or within 25 feet of any opening of a dwelling such as a door or window.

“I represent some of the most vulnerable residents in our county, with shorter life expectancy, poorer health outcomes and higher incidence of asthma and other respiratory challenges,” District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley said in a statement. “Today’s action represents a collaboration between advocates, community members, health experts and property owners and is one step closer to cleaner air in our homes.”

For people in multi-unit homes, which the board said are more likely to be colored, with lower incomes and uninsured compared to those living in single-family homes, the effects of home stay proposals due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have amplifying effects on their health.

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“Today’s adoption of the multi-unit smoke-free ordinance sends a powerful message to our unincorporated community that their health and well-being are of utmost importance to the county,” District 3 Supervisor Dave Brown said in a statement. “As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, I appreciate the work of our public health department in helping to ensure the safety of our residents during this difficult time.”

Those who violate the ordinance will receive three notices from the county’s public health department before being fined $ 100 to $ 500. Residents with three warnings and three fines are also subject to eviction from their landlord.

A 2020 La Familia survey of residents of the Eden area of ​​unincorporated Alameda County reported that 93 percent of participants smelled smoke or fumes in their unit.

“This Non-Smoking Multi-Unit Housing Ordinance will change the lives of those suffering from passive smoking now and will contribute to a healthier, fairer standard of living for future generations,” said Jade Le, program manager at La Familia. “The Board of Supervisors sets a precedent for a safe, smoke-free lifestyle with such a comprehensive policy.”

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