The purpose of the "Smoking in Public Areas" ordinance is to:
protect the health and environment of the city’s residents, employees and visitors,
advance the right of all persons to breathe smoke-free air, and
recognize that the need to breathe smoke-free air shall have priority in public places and work places over the desire to smoke.
Studies have found tobacco smoke as a major contributor to indoor air pollution and breathing secondhand smoke is a cause for disease in nonsmokers. Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke decreases the risk of deadly diseases.