San Francisco suburb bans outdoor smoking

BELMONT Calif. The City Council of this San Francisco suburb voted Tuesday to ban smoking as of 2009 in outdoor cafes and the public areas outside of restaurants, virtually denying patrons an opportunity to light up once they leave their cars.

Described as one of the strictest smoking bans in the nation, the measure also outlaws smoking in multi-unit dwellings and many public places, including parks. The San Francisco Chronicle noted that even on-stage actors

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