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Smoking Will Get Harder around Apartments & Condos in Santa Monica

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Having a smoke on an apartment or condo patio or balcony in Santa Monica will soon be verboten under city law. The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday voted to ban people from smoking "within 25-feet of a door or window in any multi-unit residential building," according to the Santa Monica Daily Press. The city already has some public smoking ordinances in effect, including banning it on city beaches, outdoor dining areas and on the Thrid Street Promenade.

Additionally, a current rule on the books bans smoking in common areas of multi-unit buildings. The new law will go into effect in September, but like the current law, there is no enforcement. Neighbors are responsible for filing a suit in small claims court. The city is looking into how effective that is and if there was any option on changing how it is enforced.