Smoking in San Francisco?

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  1. SmokeyJoe

    SmokeyJoe Active Member

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    I'll be in SF all next week on biz, and I don't now what the laws are in SF for pipe smoking. I do know that you can walk down the street stark naked, smoking a spleef the size of a traffic cone and no one will bother you, but I'm worried about the transvestite tobacco nazis that hang out near China Town.
    Anyone have a clue?
    Also, there's a great old tobacconist in town whose name and location escape me.
     
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    If you encounter one of these guys? Definitely pictures
     
  3. SmokeyJoe

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    The city just passed a law that all naked people must use a towel or other material when they sit on public benches or other seating areas...
     
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    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    LOl . San fran ?!
     
  5. Yossarian

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    There's a bar at 850 Montgomery with a heated courtyard where you can smoke cigars, it's not too far from Chinatown actually. I can't imagine they would object to a patron enjoying a pipe as the smoking area is outdoors. There used to be a tobacco shop called Sherlock's Haven, but I believe it closed. Might want to check though, I'm not positive.
     
  6. SmokeyJoe

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    Thanks for the tip. I'm more concerned about smoking in Union Square park, which is just around the corner from my fave SF bar Lefty O'Douls. My hotel is on the corner of Montgomery and California, so I'm close to that bar of yours.
     
  7. Alan Dye

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    Late answer, but here's the scoop as I understand it as a resident:

    Banned:
    1. smoking in restaurants
    2. smoking in bars
    3. smoking in public parks, farmer's markets, playing fields, piers
    4. smoking in outdoor restaurant seating
    5. smoking near building entrances
    6. smoking on public transit
    7. smoking in common areas and enclosed gardens of apartment buildings
    8. smoking while waiting in line for services (ATM, food counter, etc...)
    9. smoking in stores
    10. smoking in your home or car if you have a minor child or guest

    Available:
    1. smoking at the home that you own
    2. smoking on public streets and sidewalks
    3. smoking in the "smoking garden" of a bar (outside, but attached to a bar)

    FWIW,

    Alan

    p.s. These bans seem to apply mostly to tobacco. If you have a "prescription" for medical marijuana, then you can also smoke that in public parks...
     
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  8. Alan Dye

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    Forgot to add, there is a lot of property in San Francisco that doesn't belong to and isn't controlled by the City and County of San Francisco. On much of this you can smoke. This primarily is federal government land and includes, from the National Park Service - Golden Gate National Recreational Area web site:



    Of these, I believe Alcatraz, (our most visited national park, who knew?), has some additional restrictions on smoking, but the rest are fairly open. The NPS smoking policy is here: http://www.nps.gov/policy/DOrders/DOrder50D.pdf
     
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  9. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Long gone. That was Marty Pulvers shop, and he now sells exclusively online at www.pulversbriar.com.
     
  10. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    Marty is a friend of a friend.
    I happen to know that some of the pipes that end up on that site were restored by a screwball in the Monterey Bay.

    As a noted PSF'er once said: I am in league with the Dark Side.
     
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  11. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    I've heard that! Thanks for... ahem... spilling it to the rest of the group. :D
     
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  12. SalopSt

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    Not San Fran _per se_, but I was out in Alameda last summer for an event on the USS Hornet. It is the only museum I know of that has a smoking area.
     
  13. Yudan

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    Greetings, when I go to "the city" , sorry Bay snobbery... :), I like to go to the Occidental Cigar Bar. They have great drinks, cigars and more importantly an indoor place to smoke any sort of tobacco.
    As far as pipe smoking goes on the city streets, I think it is best to follow the maxim "better to ask for forgiveness, than permission" :)
    -Cheers
     
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    Stay away from the public bathhouses. This is good advice.
     
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