Aliso Viejo cools on proposed smoking ban for apartments


Aliso Viejo’s proposed ban on smoking in multi-family housing fizzled this week as the City Council decided to consider adding a city ombudsman instead.

Such an advocate would likely listen to residents’ complaints and suggestions and help address their concerns, whether they focus on smoking or other issues.

Nearly a dozen CAA Orange County members provided critical public comment during the meeting.

The City Council made the decision late Wednesday after nearly two years of debate.

City staff had recommended against a smoking prohibition, contending that smoking in apartments is a private matter between apartment owners and tenants.

Thanks to CAA-sponsored legislation, apartment owners can decide whether to ban smoking on individual properties. This allows the free market to effectively manage where smoking is permitted, rendering local legislation both unnecessary and intrusive.

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