California Smoking Ban Said to Be Most Stringent in U.S.: A California ordinance that prohibits smoking in residences with shared walls may be the strictest anti-smoking law in the United States, city officials say. The ban, passed by the city of San Rafael, applies to both owners and renters, ABC News reported Thursday. It covers any multi-family residence with three or more units, including condominiums, co-ops and apartments. The ban took effect Nov. 14.
Two separate studies to emerge have highlighted exactly how dangerous smoking can be, in particularly to women it would seem. The first was conducted by a team at The University of Tromso, Norway, who analysed medical records from more than 600,000 men and women aged between 19 and 67 – all were surveyed for the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Viewpoint: Antismoking Advocates Have Misused Science
A representative of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids was even more direct in another interview: “There is not a lot of science around outdoor smoking bans…. There is some science, but you have to be very close to the smoke in an outdoor setting…. The last thing we want to do is put our credibility on the line with regard to the science.