Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

The American GeniusThe American Genius

Housing News

San Francisco suburb bans smoking inside all condos, apartments

In a unanimous vote, the city of San Rafael joins various other California cities to ban smoking inside of any multi-family home.

smoking ban

smoking ban

No butts about it, smoking in apartments is illegal

The City Council of San Rafael, just 15 miles north of San Francisco has unanimously voted to ban smoking inside of any multi-family home, whether the tenant is a renter or owns the unit or building. According to Reuters1, nine other municipalities in California have already taken the same measure, adding the 57,000 residents of San Rafael to the non-smoking roster.

The ban includes condos, duplexes, townhomes, apartments, or any other multi-unit housing, and goes as far as simultaneously making it illegal to smoke on downtown streets. Reuters reports it is the city’s hope that other cities across the country will follow their lead and do the same.

“We are happy to blaze a trail,” Mayor Gary Phillips said, pun likely intended. “We’re most happy to be in the forefront of the issue because we think it will greatly benefit our residents and those visiting San Rafael, and we think it will set the tone for other cities as well.”

According to the American Lung Association, California is the only state so far where smoking has been banned in homes. The move is praised by anti-smoking advocates, but smokers may be upset by the move. Privacy advocates are likely to continue speaking out against the in-home smoking bans, as what a person does in the privacy of their own home is just that – private.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“This is tyranny”

“This proposed smoking ban actually intends to punish people for what they do in their own homes,” Thomas Ruppenthal told the council. “I really feel this is tyranny.”

Some have taken to Twitter to ask what’s next? @Aaron643 asks, “In your own home…what’s next? Soda? Fatty foods?”

San Rafael’s ordinance is applicable to all multi-family homes, be they new or old, owned or rented, while other cities have installed anti-smoking bans inside homes with rules such as restricting the ban to new construction.

Look for other California cities to take similar measures, and for the movement to leak into other states.

1Reuters’ report on San Rafael’s new law

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The American Genius is news, insights, tools, and inspiration for business owners and professionals. AG condenses information on technology, business, social media, startups, economics and more, so you don’t have to.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. KathyGRealtor

    October 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

    @LeoKingston how are ppl reacting to the no smoking in condos and apt? #home

  2. AgentSteph

    October 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Interesting. I used to smoke. Feels a little intrusive to me.

  3. Pingback: One state seeks to increase the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 - AGBeat

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

The
American Genius
news neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for news sent straight to your email inbox.

Advertisement

KEEP READING!

Commercial Real Estate

(Commercial Real Estate) The commercial real estate sector has improved substantially since the economy crashed, but is now showing signs of slowing, but data...

Multifamily

Leaselytics addresses the overwhelming challenge of analyzing leasing agents' performance and getting actionable stats on them, currently missing from the multifamily tech world.

Housing News

As housing improves, the rental market is seeing a shift and experts say rents will likely stabilize or fall this year as over 100,000...

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial real estate was hit hard by the recession, but a new study reveals that all sectors are slowly recovering, led by multifamily which...

The American Genius is a strong news voice in the entrepreneur and tech world, offering meaningful, concise insight into emerging technologies, the digital economy, best practices, and a shifting business culture. We refuse to publish fluff, and our readers rely on us for inspiring action. Copyright © 2005-2022, The American Genius, LLC.