The United States Surgeon General’s 1986 Report on the Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking reports the following:
Involuntary smoking is a cause of disease, including lung cancer, in healthy nonsmokers.
The children of parents who smoke compared with the children of nonsmoking parents have an increased frequency of respiratory infections, increased respiratory symptoms, and slightly smaller rates of increase in lung function as the lung matures.
The simple separation of smokers and nonsmokers within the same air space may reduce, but does not eliminate, the exposure of nonsmokers to environmental tobacco smoke.
The Board of Supervisors finds and declares:
Nonsmokers have no adequate means to protect themselves from the damage inflicted upon them when they involuntarily inhale tobacco smoke.
Regulation of smoking in public places is necessary to protect the health, safety, welfare, comfort, and environment of nonsmokers.
It is, therefore, the intent of the Board of Supervisors, in enacting this Article, to protect the nonsmoker from environmental tobacco smoke and to eliminate smoking, as much as possible, in public places.
(Added by Ord. 300-88, App. 6/30/88)