New Santa Monica Smoking Ban
Posted by Michael Lambrose on Oct 25, 2012 - 2:44:42 PM
SANTA MONICA—On October 23, Santa Monica joined the growing list of California cities which have passed ordinances concerning smoking on multi-unit residential properties such as condominiums and apartments.According to Santa Monica’s new ordinance, anyone living in such a residence must determine if they want their home to be a “smoking” or “non-smoking” residence.Moreover, any new resident of a condominium or apartment who moves into their home after November 22 will have their home automatically labeled as “non-smoking.”
Individuals who violate the ban can be subjected to civil action by anyone, not just neighbors.Those who do smoke in residences deemed “non-smoking” are liable for $100 in damages for the first offense, $200 for the third, and $500 for any subsequent violation within 1 year.However, according to the ordnance, any violation is not grounds for eviction.
Smoking in common areas is also banned according to the ordinance.Property owners or the homeowners association may, however, create a designated smoking area if it is in accordance to the city ordinance.
The ordinance claims that this might be just one remedy for a serious public health issue.It states that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is the third leading cause of preventable death in the US—responsible for the deaths of over 52,000 non-smokers every year.According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 300,000 children suffer from serious medical ailments due to ETS.The California Air Resources Board has also labeled ETS as a “toxic air contaminant.”
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