California brings smoking ban inside the home

It was only a matter of time:

Millions of Californians would not be able to smoke tobacco inside their own homes under new legislation that would raise the bar nationwide for fighting secondhand smoke.

No state ever has ventured into personal bedrooms and living rooms with its smoking restrictions, but California is going even further than that by targeting owner-occupied residences as well as rental units.

Specifically, the measure would prohibit lighting up a cigarette, cigar or pipe in condominiums, duplexes and apartment units. [...]

Levine’s bill would permit outdoor smoking near apartments or condos, but only in a clearly marked area that is at least 20 feet from any housing unit and 100 feet from a playground, school or pool.

Who could have predicted that ignoring property rights and letting bad science go unchallenged would lead to this?

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  1. “Who could have predicted that ignoring property rights and letting bad science go unchallenged would lead to this?”

    ::waving hand in air:: ;>

    Though I think a lot of us have actually had our hands waving in the air for a LONNNNNNNG time already.

    :/
    MJM

  2. Hmmm….. maybe it’s just my browser, maybe it’s just a purely coincidental bug in SacBee’s search system, but I could not find the link to the article you cited Jacob. However, Winston Smith may wipe a single source from existence, but he can’t track ‘em all down! Here’s basically the same article but over in the Huffington Post:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/01/california-smoking-ban_n_2792719.html

    Aside from my joking about coincidence… you CAN find the article reproduced at an antismoking site that evidently slipped under the radar:

    http://www.njgasp.org/Sacbee.com_CA_bill_ban_smoking_in_muh_2-28-13.pdf

    and, from there, you can track the URL through the Wayback Machine at archive.org where you’ll find that the SacBee evidently went so far as to invoke the robots.txt function to try to expunge the article from its history altogether!

    “1984″ may be alive and well in the antismoking world, but despite their best efforts it’s getting harder than ever to truly rewrite history.

    Michael J. McFadden
    Author of “TobakkoNacht — The Antismoking Endgame”

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