California town to ban smoking even in one’s backyard

February 26th, 2012 - 1:09 am ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 25 (IANS) A California town in the US has proposed to ban smoking outside, even for residents lighting up on their own property.

Smoking is already banned indoors in public places in most of the country, and in California it is illegal to smoke in parks and playgrounds too.

The town of Rocklin, near California’s capital city of Sacramento, could take the regulations further by extending them to private property as well, the Daily Mail reported.

The legislation was prompted by a local family annoyed with their neighbour smoking outside and causing smoke to waft near their house.

The family claimed their children’s health had been jeopardised by second-hand smoke.

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