A bill that would ban smoking inside apartments and condominiums has been introduced in California. The legislation would cover any residence that shares walls, ceilings and floors with another residence, regardless of whether the person owns the home or is renting it.
Assemblyman Marc Levine (D) introduced the legislation, saying it would help to fight deaths related to secondhand smoke. According to Levine, about 50,000 people die each year because of secondhand smoke. However, opponents argue the law gives the state government too much control.