According to a staff report, the idea has been in the works since at least March 2014, when the Napa County Tobacco Education & Quit Smoking Program made a presentation to the town’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission that proposed making all parks in the town tobacco free. In July, the city surveyed more than 150 residents, with 83.2% supporting a town policy to make Yountville’s public park smoke free.
After reviewing the data at its September 2014 meeting, the council instructed city staff to prepare a draft ordinance for consideration at the November meeting. After the council discussed the matter, they revised the ordinance and presented the new proposal at the council’s Jan. 6 meeting.
The report also notes that there was no public comment at any of the meetings where the proposal was discussed, or at the March 2014 presentation.
Should the proposal pass at the Jan. 20 meeting, the ban would go into effect after 30 days at which time violators would be found guilty of committing an infraction, which is punishable by a fine of not more than $100 for a first offense, up to $200 for a second offense and up to $500 for subsequent offenses in the same year.
Yountville is home to approximately 3,000 residents and is situated approximately 55 miles north of San Francisco.