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Butting Out in SaMo Apartments: Calling for Ban in Rental Units

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Tenants who enjoy puffing away in Santa Monica may soon have to butt out if Santa Monicans for Non-Smoking Renters Rights has their way. Local self-proclaimed "tree hugger" Jerry Rubin is leading the call to put in place "what would arguably be the country's tightest restrictions on smoking -- a ban on the practice in apartments, condos, duplexes and any 'multi-family units' in the city," according to the LA Weekly. Rubin and the renters' rights group believe that tenants shouldn't suffer the effects of "third-hand smoke" and are endorsing the kind of ban first proposed in SaMo by Santa Monica Rent Control Board member Robert Kronovet; they don't govern such legalities, however, and it remains to be seen how far Rubin and the Non-Smoking Renters will get with the city council, who do.