Many citizens of San Rafael City, Calif. are now prohibited from smoking — in their own homes.
The city council has approved the strictest smoking ordinance in the entire country, ABC News reported. It specifically bans smoking in dwellings that share a wall with other units.
Assembly Bill 746, approved unanimously by the council, bans residents of "apartments, condos, duplexes, and multi-family houses from smoking cigarettes and 'tobacco products' inside their homes."
Proponents of the bill cite the effects of secondhand smoke that might travel through ventilation systems and doors as the primary reason for the new ordinance's existence.
"It doesn't matter if it's owner-occupied or renter-occupied," said Rebecca Woodbury, an analyst at the City Manager's office who helped write the ordinance. "We didn't want to discriminate. The distinguishing feature is the shared wall."
Miss Woodbury said that she was not aware of any ordinance tougher than San Rafael City's.
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