Tobacco Control

Street Events in San Francisco now Smoke-Free! Image

The goal of Breathe California’s San Francisco Smoke-Free Street Fun (SF3) Project was to eliminate tobacco smoke at street events in the city. Breathe California’s opinion survey conducted in 2011 found that 67% favor making street events in San Francisco smoke-free and that 59% have been bothered by secondhand smoke at street events.

In January of 2013, an ordinance introduced by Supervisor Mar to make street events smoke-free was passed unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. This legislation requires that 1) a “no-smoking” sign be posted at all street events; 2) several announcements be made to indicate that the event is a smoke-free event; and 3) all promotional and advertising materials promoting the event disclose that the event is smoke-free.

ImageEVENT PRODUCERS: Download the information packet and "No Smoking" sign here.

In addition to the health benefits of this policy, it also shows a commitment to promoting healthier communities in San Francisco and making street events greener with less toxic smoke and litter.

Breathe California thanks Supervisor Mar, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the community organizations that endorsed the policy for their support.

  • There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Levels of secondhand smoke exposure outdoors can reach the same level as indoors, depending on number and proximity of smokers.
  • A smoke-free policy in outdoor events will protect the health of the 88.4% of San Franciscans who do not smoke.
  • There are over 187 cities and counties in California with outdoor smoking policies.

A public Opinion Survey was conducted on August to October 2011, see results below. Results from this survey were accepted and will be presented at the 2012 APHA (American Public Health Association) Conference in San Francisco.


For more information call Rosalyn Moya: (650) 994-1903 x304.

Help Stop Retailers Selling Tobacco to Minors

If you see someone selling tobacco to anyone who appears to be a minor without asking to see an ID, you can report the retailer to: 1-800-5-ASK-4-ID (or 1-800-527-5443), Food and Drug Branch.

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