As part of the upcoming election, voters in Sonoma, Calif. will be asked to consider Measure W, which seeks to drastically expand the city’s existing smoking ban.

When they receive their ballot, voters will be presented with the following question:

“In order to more comprehensively protect the health and safety of the citizens of Sonoma, shall an ordinance be adopted that amends the City’s existing 1992 smoking ordinance to include more restrictions by prohibiting smoking in public places, multi-unit residences, hotels and motels, enclosed common areas, enclosed dining areas, outdoor recreational areas and parks, outdoor public places, outdoor dining areas, and within 25 feet of any area where smoking is prohibited?”

If voters approve the measure, it would go into effect immediately upon certification of the election, since the measure is considered a revision to the current voter-approved ban. It would leave just a handful of places to smoke in the city, including private vehicles, single-family dwellings and an as-yet-to-be announced group of designated smoking areas. Owners of multi-unit residential complexes would be allowed to create small, designated smoking areas should they choose to do so.

The current ban allows employers to create smoking areas for employees, while also allowing smoking in bars, in up to 70% of a hotel or motel’s rooms, as well as in spaces used for private functions. Additionally, private enclosed spaces used exclusively by smokers–i.e. retail tobacco stores and lounges–were permitted.

There is also no protection for residents of multi-family buildings from second hand smoke, which is one of the main drivers of the proposed revisions to the ban.

Sonoma has a population of approximately 11,000 people and is located 45 miles north of San Francisco.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.