An opportunity for another win in Sacramento

On February 18th, the City of Sacramento Law and Legislation Committee will be meeting to discuss an ordinance to amend the current tobacco laws to include outdoor dining areas (including restaurants and bars) as the next place where smoking is prohibited.

In 2006, the California Air Resources Board designated secondhand smoke as a toxic air contaminant and the U.S. Surgeon General concluded there is no safe level of exposure, even breathing a little of secondhand smoke poses a risk to your health. Then in 2007, studies from Standford University showed that if you are within 20 feet of a smoker while outside you will be breathing the same level of toxins as if you were inside. All this new information has led 70 other cities or counties around California to pass smoke-free outdoor dining laws with virtually no negative impact to businesses. It’s now our turn!

Let’s make Sacramento a “Frest Air Dining Destination”.

Here is how you can help:

1) Write a letter of support from your organization to the Law & Legislation Committee for a strong ordinance. (Click  here for a sample letter)

2) Add a comment of support to this Op Ed article in the Sacramento Bee

3) Attend the Law & Legislation Committee meeting and give testimony of your support on February 18, 2014, 3:00 PM, City Hall, 915 I Street, 1st Floor Council Chamber.

For questions or more information, please call us at 888-774-SOUL or email

Thank you for supporting Tobacco Free Living!

Kimberly Bankston-Lee
Twlia Laster

The SOL Project: Saving Our Legacy: African Americans for Smoke-Free Places, advocates for healthy, smoke-free communities in Sacramento, California.



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