San Rafael Weighs Ban on Smoking in Apartments
San Rafael City Council will consider passing one of the strictest smoking bans in the state Monday. The ban would prohibit smoking in private living rooms in multi-family buildings, apartments and condos.
If the apartment shares a wall, smoking would not be allowed.
Bay Citizen reporter Jennifer Gollan reports that the City Council sees the ban as a protection from harmful second-hand smoke.
But smokers, she says, feel it's an attack on freedom: "Smokers I spoke with really expressed dismay over this ban, saying that the government is overreaching and essentially being a big brother. And they should be allowed to conduct their private lives in their own homes as they wish."
If passed, San Rafael would join a handful of other California cities and counties with similarly strict bans, including Belmont, Richmond and Sonoma County.