SLO councilman who proposed original smoking ban dies

Jerry Reiss

Former San Luis Obispo City Councilman Jerry Reiss, the man known for proposing SLO’s first-in-the-nation smoking ban, died Monday at the age of 82.

Reiss introduced an ordinance in 1990 that banned smoking in indoor public areas, including bars and restaurants. The council voted 4-1 in favor of the ordinance, with Mayor Ron Dunin dissenting.

When the ordinance took effect later that year, San Luis Obispo became the first municipality in the United States to ban smoking inside public buildings. 

Reiss, a Cal Poly architecture graduate, worked in construction management. He founded the construction company J.M. Reiss Inc.

The former San Luis Obispo councilman was born in Torrance on Sept. 15, 1937. He would have turned 83 on Tuesday.

At the time of his death, Reiss was living in Atascadero.