Although approved by the Board of Supervisors in March, a law banning smoking on restaurant patios went into effect this week. "Restaurants must not post signs advising customers they can only smoke at the curb or in a spot that is at least 15 feet from exits, entrances, windows and vents," reports KTVU/AP. "Failure to comply could cost restaurants a $500 fine." This is terrible news great news because now we can all be a little bit healthier. Delightful.

More importantly: Is smoking now banned on patio bars? Yes, if the bar is in a mixed use building. It's a slippery slope, so get your fix on before it's too late.

[SF Appeal]