Let’s face it: smokers can be some of the rudest asshats on the planet. They’ll defend their addiction to nicotine as a right to the bitter end, even at the expense of the comfort of their neighbors.
That said, God bless State Senator Alex Padilla (Democrat, Van Nuys), who has just proposed a bill that would allow landlords to ban smoking inside of rental units.
Normally, I’d argue that if people wanted to smoke in the comfort of their own home to go right ahead and turn those lungs into tar (death by lung cancer being so pleasant and rare and all). However, its the all too common smokers that can make apartment living as they suck on a pack below, blowing smoke out their window so it drifts up into yours. Not to mention their tendency to make courtyards unpleasant as they congregate and cloud the air, then leave behind overflowing ashtrays and the ground littered with butts.
I’m not asking for a law like the one in Calabasas that bans smoking outright in most rental properties, just some ammunition for the landlords who are sick of hearing their tenants complain about the asshat smokers they have to live with.