(a) The Council of the District of Columbia finds that the inhalation of concentrated
smoke resulting from the smoking of tobacco in facilities in which the public congregates
is a clear danger to health and a cause of inconvenience and discomfort to persons
present in such facilities.
(b) The purpose of this subchapter is to protect the public health, comfort, and environment
by prohibiting smoking in certain facilities, vehicles, and restaurants open to or
used by the general public and to protect children from exposure to the use of tobacco
products by prohibiting their use in event sites for organized sporting events.
(c) Except to the extent that § 8 of D.C. Law 3-22 modifies the Fire Prevention Code approved pursuant to the Construction Codes Approval
and Amendments Act of 1986, this subchapter is intended to complement the provisions
of Part 2 of those regulations and the provisions of §§ 35-251 to 35-253, which regulate public conduct on public passenger vehicles. It is not the intent of this subchapter to derogate in any manner from the provisions
of the Fire Prevention Code approved pursuant to the Construction Codes Approval and
Amendments Act of 1986 or from § 35-251(b)(1).
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