California senate approves smoking ban in apartments

May 31st, 2008 - 2:48 pm ICT by admin  

Los Angeles, May 31 (Xinhua) The California senate has passed a proposal to ban smoking in apartments, a newspaper report said. The proposal, approved Thursday, would allow the landlords to prohibit smoking in apartment buildings they own to protect non-smoking tenants from second hand smoke, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

But the report did not disclose what punishment would be meted out in case of violation.

The bill now goes to the assembly for consideration.

The measure will strengthen previous anti-smoking measures that bar Californians lighting up in many public places, including playgrounds, concert halls, restaurants, offices and some beaches.

The California Apartment Association, which represents about 50,000 property owners, supports the proposal.

The Western Centre on Law and Poverty (WCLP), an NGO working among low-income Californians, argued that the proposal discriminates against the poor, the disabled and people of colour, who smoke and rent at higher rates than other segments of the population.

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