For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Zandra Lee, Public Health PIO, (510) 981-5356

FREE SIGNS HELP KEEP THE AIR CLEAR
Berkeley buildings open to the public need “No Smoking” signs; City makes free signs available

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, July 09, 2008) - Free signs are being made available to building owners and managers to help keep Berkeley's public areas free of secondhand cigarette smoke.

The City Council passed new smoking restrictions this year to help address the third leading cause of death in the US and Berkeley: exposure to secondhand smoke. 

“This is an important milestone for Berkeley and tobacco control,” said Dr. Linda Rudolph, Berkeley Public Health Officer and Director of Public Health. “Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, especially in areas where children and older residents are present, has the potential to also reduce the incidence of chronic illnesses.” 

Under the new law, owners and managers of buildings open to the public are required to post “No Smoking” signs on their buildings near the main entrances of their buildings, as follows: 
 
1) Buildings open to the public, in any commercial zone, need a sign stating: “No Smoking in this Commercial Zone”

2) Hospitals, health facilities (including doctor’s offices), mental health facilities, licensed childcare and adult care centers and senior centers must post a sign stating: “No Smoking within 50 feet of Doorways, Operable Windows or Vents”

3) Buildings open to the public, which are not noted in #1 and #2, above, must post a sign stating: “No Smoking within 25 feet of Doorways, Operable Windows or Vents”

These signs are free and can be picked up in two locations: 

City of Berkeley: 1947 Center St., 2nd floor lobby

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce: 1834 University Ave., near Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

The expanded smoking restrictions are included with the Public Commons for Everyone Initiative (PCEI), which seeks to improve our city's common areas for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits Berkeley.  For more information on PCEI, go the City of Berkeley website (http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=5122).
To view a map of the commercial zones, please visit: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/uploadedFiles/IT/Level_3_-_General/Zoning%20Map%2036x36%2020050120.pdf

For more information on quitting smoking or other tobacco prevention projects or to request no-smoking signs, contact the Tobacco Prevention Program at QuitNow@ci.berkeley.ca.us or call: 981-5330.

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