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article imageCalifornia town proposes smoking ban anywhere outside

By Katerina Nikolas     Feb 25, 2012 in Health
Rocklin - A town in California is considering imposing a smoking ban outdoors, that will even include a ban on smoking outdoors on one's own property
Rocklin City Council could go as far as introducing legislation to prevent smokers from lighting up in their own yards, in an effort to prevent the second hand smoke intruding on neighboring properties.
According to Sacramento CBS the council is considering the ban following a complaint from a town resident that smoke from the neighboring property posed a health problem to his children. Fox 40 reported that Rocklin resident James Baker raised the complaint as his two children suffer from asthma. He first asked his neighbors not to light up if his children were outdoors, and whilst some agreed to his request, others didn't.
An outright ban on smoking outside on ones own property "could interfere with constitutional property rights" according to the Daily Mail, whilst others may simply consider it an encroachment of individual rights.
Town officials say they are actively considering the ban though some local residents do not feel the council will go so far as to impose a ban. Rocklin resident and smoker Ryan Malonson said "As a smoker, I think that smokers should be considerate. But on your own property, that’s unacceptable…It’s not going to pass.”
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