The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to refer what could be one of the most restrictive anti-smoking legislative packages in the country to the county staff for study.
The vote came after 90 minutes of public debate over the nonsmoking package, which would prohibit smoking in public places in unincorporated areas.
Proposed by Supervisor Leon Williams, the proposed ordinance would force restaurants, bars and places of employment to ban smoking unless they segregated smokers and nonsmokers in separate rooms with separate ventilation systems. Smoking would also be banned in outdoor areas such as stadiums and cafes.
Williams has also proposed that the county itself toughen up its nonsmoking policy, which allows county employees to light up in their own private offices or in separate smoking areas. The proposed change would ban smoking within any county building.