Smoking in apartments can be restricted under new state law


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Landlords in California will have clear authority to ban smoking in apartment buildings under a measure signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) authored the legislation, which takes effect Jan. 1, in response to concerns that the law was murky on whether smoking can be banned in apartments.


Under SB 332, landlords must notify tenants where smoking is prohibited in an apartment complex, including whether it is banned in specific apartments.

Padilla cited health studies that indicate that second-hand smoke leaking from apartments can be a health risk for a non-smoking neighbor.

-- Patrick McGreevy