Nanny State Alert: Town Bans Smoking Inside Private Homes

Oh California … you are such a nanny state sometimes.  The city of San Rafael, CA, recently passed one of the most restrictive smoking bans in the whole country -- it’s now illegal to smoke in your own home if you share walls with another residence.

The ban applies to all condos, townhouse, and apartments -- regardless of whether the occupants are owners or renters.


Jessica Scaperotti, a spokeswoman for a developer that became the first to ban smoking in their rental developments across 17 states is supportive of the ordinance, and said, "There are more people who want to live in smoke-free environments than there are apartments available. Demand far exceeds supply."

Ok, fine. But that’s privately owned property. As a landlord, you have every right to ask your renters to not smoke inside. Or have dogs. Or paint the walls neon pink. That’s fine and dandy -- but it shouldn't be illegal.

What’s next? Are they going to come ban my hairdryer because some inconclusive “science” says that the energy it uses is melting polar icecaps and killing polar bears? What about my kids? Will I not be allowed to give them chocolate because it’s contributing to the obesity epidemic?

Are they going to take away my grocery bags too? Oh wait -- they’re already doing that in various cities around the country.

Over-regulation is ridiculous and unnecessary. There is absolutely no reason for the government to come into our private homes and dictate which legal activities we may or may not participate in.

Do you support this ban?

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