This California City Will Let the Neighbors Sue You for Vaping on Your Own Balcony
Come 2021 the residents of Concord, California, have something exciting to look forward to: not being allowed to vape on their own balconies.
On January 1, the small Bay Area city’s ban on smoking in multi-unit properties takes effect. Once it does, anyone living on a property with two or more units—which would include apartment buildings, duplexes, mobile home parks, and residential care facilities—won’t be allowed to smoke or vape inside their residence.
Stepping out onto the porch isn’t an option either, as the new policy prohibits smoking in “exclusive-use unenclosed areas” like decks and balconies.
Because state law bans smoking cannabis wherever smoking tobacco is prohibited, the city’s new policy means you can’t toke up in your own home either. Californians are also barred from consuming cannabis in public, leaving the apartment-dwelling stoners of Concord with few options but to buy a house or move.
The justification for this new ban rests on the supposed danger that secondhand smoking (and vaping) poses to non-consenting neighbors who might be exposed to noxious cigarette smoke or fruity-smelling vape clouds.
Concord Neighbors: For the health and safety of Concord residents, my Council colleagues and I have adopted an ordinance prohibiting smoking and vaping in and around multiunit and attached housing units. The ban goes into effect on January 1. More info: https://t.co/WzNhnUbjXr pic.twitter.com/MIb
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