Target: San Rafael, California City Council
Goal: Applaud the city for banning cigarette smoking in multi-family homes
Recently the town of San Rafael, California, a suburb of San Francisco, passed a bold measure that will help improve and protect the health of its residents. After a brief debate the city has decided to ban smoking cigarettes in all apartments, condominiums, duplexes, and any other multi-family home. Members of the San Rafael City Council were unanimous in their support of the smoking ban, with many of their 57,000 residents standing behind them.
Of course not all San Rafael residents support the new law, but none can deny its positive benefits on the community. Second-hand smoke can lead to a number of adverse health conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and lung issues, as well as being an irritant to bystanders. It is especially harmful to young children and infants, sometimes causing asthma and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Unsurprisingly, smoking has been on the decline for decades as its health risks have become more widely recognized.
It is simply not fair or right that families and individuals who do not smoke tobacco would have to be subjected to acrid and dangerous tobacco smoke, yet countless people nationwide are. Multi-family dwellings are home to exactly what their name would suggest—multiple families. For one resident or group of residents to jeopardize the health of their neighbors is not acceptable. It is a city council’s job to protect its people and the San Rafael City Council has done just that. It is expected that San Rafael’s new law will be amongst the first of many similar laws (several other California municipalities have already passed similar laws) to spread across the nation. San Rafael has made a move to protect the long-term health of its residents, and for this they should be commended.
Dear Members of the San Rafael City Council,
I would like to thank you for your recent decision to outlaw smoking in multi-family homes. The fact that you made the decision unanimously is as commendable as the decision itself; all of you must truly care about the wellbeing of San Rafael. Though controversial, the smoking ban will surely prove beneficial and will go a long way in protecting and improving the long-term health of San Rafael residents.
As you certainly know, second-hand smoke poses myriad health risks, potentially leading to problems such as cancer, heart disease, respiratory issues, heart attacks, and high blood pressure. Additionally, second-hand smoke can prove fatal to infants. Victims of second-hand smoke are truly powerless victims— they are essentially at the mercy of the tobacco smokers surrounding them. In an open, public, space people have the luxury of being able to move away smokers; inside of their own homes they do not. By banning smoking in multi-family residences you have helped change the lives and the health of many of your non-smoking residents.
Once again, thank you for making the decision to outlaw smoking in multi-family homes. You have put the needs of the many ahead of the needs of the few, and have put the health of San Rafael’s residents above all else. You have gone above and beyond expectations and your behavior and decision-making should be a model for city councils nationwide. Thank you for caring about your citizens.
[Your Name Here]
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