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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.  

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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