You see, I did something last night that I don't think I have done in a very, very long time. I watched a little of the local news and the very first story covered was on a smoking ban in Belmont. At first, I was all for it save for one point.
You see this ban would cause folks to not be able to smoke on the sidewalks or pretty much in public at all. Though I'm guessing there would be designated areas for such thing. It would also ban smoking in company cars, which makes sense as well. The part, though, that makes me suddenly go 'That is unconstitutional!' is that part of the ban would ban smoking inside residential rentals. I understand that apartments are temporary dwellings, but while someone lives in them, that is their home. Are we going to go into someone's home and police them over smoking? Now, not that it would bother me in the least if that was to happen, but at what point do we ask ourselves "have we gone too far?"
As much as I detest the practice of smoking due to the toxins that it is filled with and the use of nicotine to make it addictive and the inconsiderate nature some have exposing children/non-smokers to secondhand smoke, I feel something wrong with outlawing it in private dwellings, rental or not. Especially in this area where even some of the 'haves' can't buy a house or condo due to the overwhelming cost of living. What's your opinion?