(A)   Numerous studies have concluded that tobacco smoke is a major contributor to indoor air pollution, and that breathing secondhand smoke is a cause of disease, including lung cancer, in non-smokers. At special risk are children, elderly people, individuals with cardiovascular disease, and individuals with impaired respiratory function, including asthmatics and those with obstructive airway disease; and
   (B)   Secondhand smoke has been classified as a Group A carcinogen like asbestos by the Environmental Protection Agency; and
   (C)   Secondhand smoke is a health hazard for city employees and a barrier to citizens limiting full access to the use of city-owned buildings and vehicles; and
   (D)   In order to provide a safe workplace for city employees and to ensure maximum access for the public to city-owned buildings and vehicles, the City Council finds and declares that the purposes of this article are:
      (1)   To protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking in city-owned buildings and vehicles; and
      (2)   To guarantee the right to breath smoke-free air, recognizing that the need to breath smoke-free air shall have priority over the desire to smoke.
(Ord. No. 06-04, § 1, 5-18-04)