California Bill Would Ban Smoking in Apartments, Condos

8uKQd.Em.4Laird Harrison
KQED

It’s move-in day. You’re sitting in the great new condo you just bought. And suddenly you catch a whiff of cigarettes coming from next door. If you’re a healthy-living type, your home-buyer happiness may be gone in a puff of smoke.

Now California Assemblyman Mark Levine, D-Marin, is trying to address that problem with a statewide ban on smoking in multiunit housing.

What would the bill do?

AB 746, currently in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, would ban smoking in “any residential property containing two or more units with one or more shared walls, floors, ceilings, or ventilation systems.”

It would be one of the toughest smoking laws in the country, and affect some 12 million Californians, Michael Krasny explained on KQED’s Forum Wednesday.

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