Smoking is already banned at beaches, parks, restaurants and near office buildings in Santa Monica, California, but Tuesday night the city council expanded that law and voted 4-2 to ban smoking for all new tenants of apartments and condos inside their residences.
Adam Radinksy, head of the Consumer Protection Unit in Santa Monica, told NBC Los Angeles: “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."
Radinsky expects that within months there will be a “great improvement in public health.”
Other California cities have taken similar measures. Pasadena will make all apartments, condos and townhouses smoke-free by 2013, a move Santa Monica is also looking into.