Silicon Valley Town Bans Smoking at Home

Nation's toughest anti-smoking law hits home for apartment dwellers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2009 4:40 AM CST
Helen Heinlo smokes outside of a coffee shop in Belmont, Calif. Belmont has passed legislation banning smoking in most apartments.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – A California town has passed legislation that will push many smokers out of their last remaining indoor sanctuary—their home, the New York Times reports. Belmont's law—believed to be the nation's toughest—bans smoking in any residence that shares a floor or ceiling with another. Officials credit the law to the efforts of a stubborn group of retirees fed up with secondhand smoke.