In July, Foster City, Calif. banned smoking in public areas, parks and around commercial zones. When that amendment was passed, the City Council of Foster City left two issues to be decided: whether to restrict smoking in multifamily housing and whether to restrict smoking at outdoor areas of restaurants. Last week, the City Council made a decision regarding the former.

Smoking is now banned at all rental apartment complexes. It went a stop further, now requiring all residents who own their own condominiums or townhouses to close their windows while smoking. In 2015, a series of fines will go into effect starting at $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second and $1,000 for each offense thereafter.

At a minimum, the council has committed to discussing the issue again in six months.

Foster City is located in San Mateo County, approximately 22 miles south of San Francisco and is home to more than 32,000 residents.

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