I would not object to a ban on smoking in apartments, but not in houses. However, it should be left to the apartment building's manager and/or owner whether or not such a ban is put in place. In the building I live in, the walls are quite thin. If your neighbor plays music in his apartment, it sounds as though it's in your apartment. A couple of weeks ago, the idiot who lives in the apartment next to mine lit up a cigar. It was one of the most awful smelling cigars I have ever smelled. Not only did the odor fill up my apartment but the smoke did as well. It took me a week and almost a full can of air freshener to get the smell out. Smokers seem to lack consideration for others.
California Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has introduced a bill to make it illegal for people to smoke in their own homes -- if they live in an apartment or a condo or a multifamily home. When last I wrote about Levine, he was pushing a statewide law to require grocers to charge for bags. Now he's after cigarettes -- but only the legal kind. With his new AB 746, Levine is following a trail blazed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who pushed a law prohibiting the restaurant sale of large sugary drinks, which a New York judge overturned.
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