Police State: Santa Monica Extends Smoking Ban To Apartments, Condos...

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    Smoking Banned Inside Santa Monica Residences

    The city council voted 4-2 on Tuesday to expand a smoking prohibition in the coastal city.


    Smoking is already banned at beaches, parks, restaurants and near buildings in Santa Monica, but Tuesday night the city council sought to expand that prohibition and voted 4-2 to ban smoking for all new tenants of apartments and condos inside their residences – with one exception.

    “It also requires existing residents to designate their units as smoking or non smoking and from then on it will be prohibited to smoke in a non smoking unit,” said Adam Radinksy, head of the Consumer Protection Unit in Santa Monica.

    The coastal city’s smoking bans date back almost two decades and Radinsky – along with other supporters of the ban – say the measures are in the interest of public health.

    “People have come to testify to city council about asthma problems, people who had no prior health problems who developed health problems because their neighbors smoke,” he said.

    Wayne Jackson, a smoker, says Southland residents breathe in pollution all day – pointing to a bus passing by as a “health issue.”

    “I think it's a little too much control,” he said.

    Jennifer Jones – who exercises in her apartment – describes smelling her neighbor's cigarette through the walls and vents.

    “It’s not like a light smoke; it's really heavy,” Jones said.

    Still, she has concerns with the new ordinance.

    “I really don't think they should be telling people what to do if they are paying for the place they're living in,” Jones said.

    Other cities have taken similar measures. Pasadena will make all apartments, condos and townhouses smoke-free by 2013 – a move Santa Monica is also looking into...

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    The Nanny-staters must be creaming their jeans over this shit....
     
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    I've no doubt the SCOTUS will emphatically shoot this down, if it even has to go that far. This is completely unconstitutional.
     
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    Bigtime. :(
     
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    Thought that about the Mandate/Tax too. Our Supreme Court is a very sad scam at this point.
     
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    how come u think they would shoot this down because its unconstitutional yet we have a tax mandate?
     
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    Apples and oranges. One is a tax, which the federal government has the power to do. The other is a ban on a legal activity in a private residence.
     
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    This has been going on for a while, when I lived in California my landlord specifically listed no smoking as part of my leese agreement.
     
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    Well now you and your Landlord have no choice. It will be interesting to see how they'll enforce this. More surveillance cameras?
     
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