First totally non smoking city in the world?

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First totally non smoking city in the world?

Looks like there are going to be lots of smokers fleeing this city... Its really a strange thing to do, to ban it everywhere.

Belmont is set to make history by becoming the first city in the nation to ban smoking on its streets and almost everywhere else.

The Belmont City Council voted unanimously last night to pursue a strict law that will prohibit smoking anywhere in the city except for single-family detached residences. Smoking on the street, in a park and even in one’s car will become illegal and police would have the option of handing out tickets if they catch someone.

The actual language of the law still needs to be drafted and will likely come back to the council either in December or early next year.

Armed with growing evidence that second-hand smoke causes negative health effects, the council chose to pursue the strictest law possible and deal with any legal challenges later. Last month, the council said it wanted to pursue a law similar to ones passed in Dublin and the Southern California city of Calabasas.

It took up the cause after a citizen at a senior living facility requested smoke be declared a public nuisance, allowing him to sue neighbors who smoke.

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By netchicken: posted on 20-11-2006

So, the freedoms of the citizen are being even further restricted so that a citizen can more easily sue another?
So, if I were stupid enough to want to go and visit such a town I could be ticketed (it would end up as an arrest) for smoking in my car?
We are moving more and more in the 1984 direction.
By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 21-11-2006

welcome to California:ba
By Venus: posted on 21-11-2006

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