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The City Council of the City of San Mateo hereby finds that:

(a) Numerous studies have found that tobacco smoke is a major contributor to indoor air pollution; and

(b) Reliable studies have shown that breathing second-hand smoke, which has been classified as a carcinogen, is a significant health hazard for all persons; and

(c) Health hazards induced by breathing second-hand smoke include lung cancer, respiratory function, bronchoconstriction, and bronchospasm; and

(d) Nonsmokers with allergies, respiratory diseases and those who suffer other ill effects of breathing second-hand smoke may experience a loss of job productivity or may be forced to take periodic sick leave because of adverse reactions to same; and

(e) There have been some studies that indicate that there are second-hand effects to those exposed to electronic cigarette vapors; and

(f) Accordingly, the City Council finds and declares that the purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking in public places, places of employment, and multi-unit residences as set forth herein.