Although many renters who are smokers may not have even considered that their smoking would have any effect on their neighbors, it is apparently quite common for smoke to drift into neighboring units. As a result, other tenants and even their children could be negatively impacted. Secondhand smoke can creep into apartments from outside common areas, vents, open windows, and open doors, potentially harming adults and children.
It has always been legal for California landlords to prohibit smoking, but the new law is designed to give them leverage and serve as a launching platform for new programs to help enforce smoking bans in multifamily housing communities.
“While more than 86% of Californians do not smoke, there is very little smoke-free rental housing in California. With this bill we have an opportunity to expand the availability of smoke-free housing for families throughout our state,” said Senator Padilla.
The Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP) website has a number of fact sheets and information for property owners and managers containing information helpful for those considering the adoption of smokefree policies.