Rocklin Considering Banning Residents From Smoking Outside Their Own Homes
CBS News (Sacramento): A Placer County town is considering a ban on smoking that some say goes way too far. The Rocklin City Council is considering making it against the law for smokers to smoke anywhere outside on their property.
The city council is considering the ban after one home owner complained about smoke coming from their neighbors’ backyards saying it caused health problems for their kids. But before going to the city council, the family first asked their neighbors to stop smoking.
But some smokers and even some non-smokers saying this ban goes too far. “So what about people who have children in their home and they don’t want to smoke in their home?” asked non-smoker Tamara Davis.
“As a smoker, I think that smokers should be considerate,” said Rocklin resident and smoker Ryan Malonson. “But on your own property, that’s unacceptable…It’s not going to pass.”
It is already against the law for smokers to light up near businesses, parks and playground in California.
While I’m not a fan of smoking (my father use to smoke and I have friends that smoke), I’m certainly not a fan of banning activities from your own private property.
Smoke causes health problems for children? Yes it can. So can car emissions. Can I force my neighbor drive an electric vehicle because their auto emissions are harmful?
Regulating what people can do on their private property in the guise of “health issues” only gives the government exactly what they want – more control over you and your freedoms (or lack thereof).