In 1995, California became the first state in the nation to prohibit smoking in public buildings, indoor workplaces and restaurants. Three years later, the Smoke-free Workplace Law was extended to prohibit smoking in bars, taverns and gaming clubs, such as card rooms.
In recent years, more than 50 cities and towns in California have adopted policies prohibiting smoking in any outdoor dining area, such as a patio or café.
In 2006, 94 percent of Californians said they preferred dining in a smoke-free restaurant, including 82 percent of smokers.2
Research shows that, even outdoors, individuals can be exposed to a substantial level of secondhand smoke when dining outdoors while someone is smoking.1 Secondhand smoke is toxic, and breathing even a little can be dangerous.
Smoke-free outdoor dining policies benefit customers and employees who don’t want to be exposed to toxic secondhand smoke, and also keep dining areas free of tobacco waste. Click here to see if your community has an outdoor smoking policy.