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How San Francisco copes as nonsmoking law debuts
There's a new market here for battery-powered smokeless ashtrays. Companies here - forced by a new antismoking ordinance that went into effect Thursday requiring them to make arrangements for nonsmokers - are installing the smokeless ashtrays and moving nonsmoking workers closer to windows and other ventilation outlets.
Under the provision - one of the toughest antismoking measures ever adopted in the United States - companies must ban smoking if even a single nonsmoker is not satisfied with arrangements worked out between those who smoke and those who don't.