Santa Monica Will Force Tenants to Register as Smokers

Santa Monica City Council passes an ordinance requiring smokers to register with their landlords who must then distribute a map pinpointing where smokers live to all residents in the building.

West Hollywood residents have . But a new Santa Monica ordinance goes far in the opposite direction.

On Tuesday night, The ordinance also requires landlords to distribute a map pinpointing where smokers live to all residents in the building.

Santa Monica Councilman Kevin McKeown called this disclosure mandate an attempt to “demonize smokers.” Evoking images of Nazi Germany persecution of Jews, McKeown said, "You might as well hammer a big yellow S on their front doors."

The anti-smoking measure passed the Santa Monica City Council on a 4-2 vote based on concerns about the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Santa Monica smokers are free to smoke in their current apartments as long as they register with their landlord. Units occupied by smokers who fail to disclose their smoking statuses will automatically become “non-smoking” units.

Those who smoke in non-smoking units will face a $100 fine. Repeat offenders will be subject to citations as high as $500.

The ordinance also bans smoking in any newly constructed apartment/condo units and mandates that existing apartment units become non-smoking units once they become vacant.

In 2010, Santa Monica banned smoking in common areas and patios of multi-unit residences.

As of November 2011, smokefree housing policies have been adopted in 55 communities statewide, according to the American Lung Association in California. Details about each of the laws are included in the PDF accompanying this article in the photo section.

According to a 2010 report compiled the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, 10.7% of Santa Monica residents smoke, compared to 19.6% of West Hollywood residents. In Los Angeles County, 14.6% of residents smoke.  

Rudolf Martin July 19, 2012 at 05:22 AM
here is some bad news for jimmy: BBC News: "Inactivity kills more than smoking" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-18876880
Elizibith August 06, 2012 at 06:54 AM
I sure hope smokers arent responsable for complete STUPIDITY too. If so Jimmy and Jerome have a good law suit... I dont live in West Hollywood, but if they cant paint and clean an apartment with the money they get from putting it to the renters on over priced rent and deposits, they are scumlords anyways. Why would sweet non smokers want to rent from them??? Get a grip, its another way for them to make more money on non smokers stupidity......
Jerome Cleary August 06, 2012 at 07:54 AM
I spoke with a resident last from West Hollywood when I ran into him and he told me how when his partner and he bought a condo the former owner was a heavy smoker and he told me how they had to spend a lot of money to scrap the walls and have a company come into to clean out the a/c ducts and he told me the damage was really extensive. So I still do not know how all these people can keep saying that smokers cause no damage to the physical part of an apartment unit, a condo unit or home.
Manny August 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Because they don't have a case Jerome.....they are desperate comparisions and illogical defenses.
Drew Anders August 12, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Very simple solutions for landlords ! You don't need a freakin law to make your apartment smoke free. You can lease as a smoke free unit. Contract , As for all you NAZI PERVERT CONTROL FREAKS out there ... EAT > TIHS < AND DIE !!! DEATH TO ALL TYRANTS !!!
Steve K. August 27, 2012 at 11:55 PM
And I've read smoking is even more addictive than heroin. Whiners and complainers make people physically ill. So that's a physical attack. There....you read that now too!
jimmy August 28, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Yes, whinners and complainers do make people physically, but they don't do it intentionally, like when smokers try to kill adjacent people with their toxic cancer smoke. It would be really sad if you got cancer and died a slow painful death. The world would really miss out on your wisdom.
Kelly September 23, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Wow, this is interesting. Now "smokers" are treated like sex offenders. Although I don't smoke, I find this kind of twisted. I have read arguments on this article about how "stinky" and "filthy" smokers are. Gee, at different times in my life, I've heard the same argument against African Americans and fat people (usually women...go figure). I've also read here that smokers do "smoke" damage to apartments. That's really stretching it. Yes, I've seen nicotine stained walls in hospital smoking rooms, but I doubt they had to condemn them like they would a meth house. The yellow stuff washes off without a lot of difficulty. I've also seen nicotine addicts compared to junkies and thieves. Seriously?! Please give me a story where a "smoker" commits grand larceny or murder in order to feed their nicotine habit. Until then, I think the person who spouted that is more likely to commit such acts with all the ugly rage he seems want to inflict on others. Personally, I am sickened by reading all this animosity over any group of people. What next? Should they wear yellow arm bands with stars or red hats when out in public? Oh, wait, that's already been done. They were probably called filthy and stinky as well.
Jerome Cleary September 23, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Kelly, uh Santa Monica did away with having this as an ordinance 2 months ago so save your day late and a dollar short rant. http://westhollywood.patch.com/articles/santa-monica-cancels-its-apartment-smoking-ban
jimmy September 23, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Kelly, do you really think hatred toward filthy smokers, as a group, is the same has hatred toward any ethnic group? People choose to be disgusting smokers, as opposed to people who are born into an ethnic group, or born deformed, or born heterosexual, or born small, or born with brown hair, etc. Ah, what's the use. You're pro people spreading their cancer on innocent people, I'm in favor of protecting people. It's really quite simple, just like you.
Kelly September 23, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Oh, there is a statute of limitations on observing sickening hatred towards fellow human beings? I didn't get the memo. And for the record, I am not pro-smokers. I am anti-hate spewing adults projecting their intolerance and inconsideration of others on people they have generalized based on their very limited monkeysphere.
Jerome Cleary September 23, 2012 at 09:05 PM
You are complaining about something that was cancelled two months ago and is not happening anymore
Michael J. McFadden September 23, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Kelly, if you page up through the comments you'll see the sort of arguments Jimmy and Jerome use. Actually, in terms of Hate language, it formed the base of one of the 8 main chapters in my book, and is taking up a major portion of one subsection of the followup book I'm currently working on. See http://TheTruthIsALie.com for a bit more detail. - MJM
jimmy September 23, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I'll bet that book is a real "page turner"...
jimmy September 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Kelly: in other words, you are pro cancer. It's ok, as long as the truth is out. Sadly, karma usually comes back to haunt smokers and their cancer defenders, who have blown toxic smoke into other people's face for so long. They usually end up getting cancer themself. Sometimes it's lip cancer, or maybe throat cancer, or maybe lung cancer, or tongue cancer. Take your pick.
Michael J. McFadden September 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM
380 pages in the original one Jimmy. Somewhere around 450 planned for the followup. Between them they'll have over 1,000 reference citations and close to a quarter million words. Not quite up your alley I'm afraid, but Kelly might find them interesting. - MJM
jimmy September 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Wow, 1,000 citations of lies and distortions? You're setting records every day. I wonder if any of your citations are from cancer stricken smokers, like a day or two away from their slow and painful death on a hospital bed, subsidized by the taxpayers, where the dying smoker had any regret about smoking, or where the dying smoker was able in any way, to connect their untimely and young death to the beloved cancer cigarettes that you promote and encourage. Let me know if anything like that made your book, and I'll buy it.
michael September 24, 2012 at 02:28 AM
No need for all this hostility.... I wish all a healthy long life and the will and strength to stop smoking......
jimmy September 24, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I so agree... I want people to stop smoking, but I would add that I would like them to die young, cause it just might send a message to keep new smokers from starting, which is what the pro cancer/pro smoking movement of insane people want. Plus, smokers shouldn't be rewarded with long lives. They really should "pay" for all the misery they have inflicted on other nearby innocent people with their known toxic secondhand smoke. Plus, if smokers die young, there would be more medical care available to those who have made an effort to lead healthier lives. And of course, when smokers die young, there's lots more social security money left over and available for the rest of us. I pray that smokers get what they deserve.
Michael J. McFadden September 24, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Actually jimmy, a good number of the citations are to studies in medical journals and news articles in sources like the NY Times. But as I said, I don't think it's quite in your reading genre, and I certainly wouldn't ask you or expect you to buy or even read my book. - MJM
jimmy September 24, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Don't sell yourself too short... as long as it's either in the "Humor" or "Fantasy" or "Pro Cancer" section, I think I would enjoy it a lot. In fact, I'd be thrilled if you included a quote from me about the tome, on the book jacket, that simply says, "Hysterical!" I wish you good luck in advance with the book. And I can assure you, I think I'll buy it even if I don't make the dust jacket.
Rudolf Martin September 24, 2012 at 06:13 AM
jimmy, we get your infantile point: 'smokers are pigs and must die'. you're embarrassing yourself. time to take a deep breath. or do us all a favor and tell us how to get out of this thread.
jimmy September 24, 2012 at 01:49 PM
You've exposed yourself as not being very bright. You completely missed my point. It isn't that "smokers are pigs and must die", but rather that they must die a slow, miserable and painful death, to make up for the pain they have inflicted on others during their entire short coughing lives. And why would you ask me to tell you "how to get out of this thread"? If it's so upsetting to you, and you can't handle the truth, why don't you just go to some other website, like bored.com? I'm sure with your quick wit and vast knowledge, the people over there would better appreciate your input. I notice no one comments on anything you post here, but countless have replied to me. Does that bother you?
Michael J. McFadden September 24, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Jimmy, I think I ran into a relative of yours over on another thread this morning. Same kind of incisive wit, cogent argument, masterful grasp of language... I honestly found myself totally unable to answer his argument: "When all the methane has melted in a few years you cannot kindle a light beacon anymore. What tobacco-smoking really is? no synonym in any thesaurus could try coming anywhere near that. But i bet that captains of the trade will get the best welcome in parliaments. Now, what would happen if carbomb-monoxide spreads all over the palace? sorry, cannot think, dogs are barking 24/7. itAliens? crickeet" Fraternal twin perhaps?
jimmy September 24, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Is that your best "A" comedy material?
Michael J. McFadden September 24, 2012 at 03:55 PM
For you Jimmy? Naw.... Grade "B" all the way. ;>
jimmy September 24, 2012 at 04:07 PM
OK, well let us know when you post some of that "A" comedy material, just so we don't confuse it with one of the 1,000 "reference citations" in your upcoming book that, no doubt, will be made into a Hollywood blockbuster. Maybe even a Broadway musical. I'm sure it's THAT good.
Kelly September 25, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Yes, Mr. McFadden, I am quite aware of propaganda techniques and have seen them used here...name calling, either or fallacy, and the like. If I am not full of hatred towards smokers, I must be a smoker, pro-smoker, or pro-cancer rather than anti-hate. *yawn* The ugly truth is I don't smoke, I do not drink, I don't put illegal drugs into my body, and I don't eat most of the crap my fellow Americans do. What I am sick of is people overlooking crap like the stinky exhaust from their SUV's, the pollutants thrown into the air and water from companies that don't care, the poisoning of their bodies from household chemicals, and pointing their fingers at the new politically correct group target for their hate. Personally, I don't like the smell of cigarette smoke, especially the cheap stinky formaldehyde and ammonia saturated crap that many have resorted to over prices, so I have talked my best friend, a smoker, into using an electronic product after doing intense research on the offerings available. The vapor doesn't carry nor does it end up smelling up clothes. Now, about your website, I find the font a bit too small which limits its accessibility. The site for your first book is much easier to read and has a better layout. I also went to the Amazon site offering the book, and put in a request for it to be available for Kindle users as I think you would do better to hit a larger chunk of your target demographic. Electronic publishing is the wave of the future.
jimmy September 25, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Oh Kelly, if only the rest of us could be as perfect as you. Honestly, I think the best thing you can do to show you don't hate smokers is to take up smoking, right away. Don't go for the electronic vapor sticks... nor the cheap formaldehyde smelling ones you hate so much. Smoke real cigarettes. Why not even take off the filters to really show your solidarity.
BRIAN September 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM
oh dear jerome...That means it must be well overdue to purchase new carpets and apply several coats of paint...however, the anti-smokers are then bothered by the "smell" of the deadly paint... LASTLY, MS. JEROME, JUST BECAUSE EVERYONE DOES NOT AGREE WITH YOUR VIEWS, DOES NOT MEAN THE AFFECTS OF SMOKING ON AN APARTMENT ARE UN-NONE; ON THE CONTRARY....LET'S GET THESE APARTMENT UP TO CODE!!! HAVE A GREAT DEAR (IT'S YOUR CHOICE).


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