Smoking Banned Inside Santa Monica Residences
The city council voted 4-2 on Tuesday to expand a smoking prohibition in the coastal city
By Lolita Lopez and Samantha Tata| Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 | Updated 4:14 PM PDT
Lolita Lopez & Hernan Vasquez
A 4-2 vote during Tuesday's city council meeting made Santa Monica's already restrictive smoking rules even tighter. New tenants of the coastal city will not be allowed to smoke in their residences unless they designate them smoking. Some residents say the ordinance goes too far but consumer protection groups say it's a step toward better public health. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on July 11, 2012.
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.
So let me get this straight, you can't smoke outside, you can't smoke "near buildings" and now you can't smoke inside your apartment... so much for all the people who told me "well you can do whatever you want in your own home" when I first flipped out about all the bans on smoking in bars and such. Apparently only the rich get to smoke in their homes now and I imagine it is only a matter of time before that is banned as well.