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Petaluma's secondhand smoke rules lauded

Petaluma's ban on smoking in apartments and other multi-unit housing won recognition in the American Lung Association's latest statewide report on efforts to restrict secondhand smoke.

Bumped up to a B grade from last year's D for overall tobacco control, Petaluma was the lone North Bay community on the association's list of 40 cities and counties "on the rise" for passing new smoking regulations.

Petaluma joined Rohnert Park, Sebastopol and Sonoma County on the B list; the county's other six cities were given Ds or Fs. All but Petaluma retained the same grade given last year.

"I'm happy we did that," Mayor David Glass said, referring to the Petaluma council's approval last January of a smoking ban that covered all private housing with at least one shared wall -#8212; apartments, duplexes and condos.

"We were at the bottom of the deck," he said, referring to Petaluma's grade in 2013.

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