Assembly bill would ban smoking in many California homes
March 13, 2013
A California Democratic assemblyman introduced a bill last month that would ban tobacco smoking in all multi-unit residences in the sate. [Huffington Post]
Assembly Bill 746, authored by Marc Levine of San Rafael, would prohibit smoking in all condominiums and apartments, as well as other types of residence where units share walls, floors, ceilings or ventilation systems. The proposed ban does not include free-standing homes, which make up about two-thirds of the residences in the state.
“Californians should be able to breathe clean air in their own homes,” Levine said. “In apartment or condominiums, whenever a neighbor lights up, everyone in the building smokes with them.”
Levine added that secondhand smoke “is especially troublesome for children who have no choice but to breathe” it.
On January 1, the San Luis Obispo Housing Authority banned tobacco inside all of its residences. Both the city and county of San Luis Obispo have passed outdoor smoking bans in the past three years.
In the past three decades, Californians’ smoking habits have decreased sharply. More than 25 percent of Californians smoked cigarettes in 1984, but only 11.9 percent smoked in 2010. California now has the second lowest smoking rate in the country behind Utah.
Several academic studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control suggest that increasing the restrictions on smoking laws leads to far fewer smokers “by challenging the perception of smoking as a normal adult behavior.”