Santa Monica Snuffs Out Patio, Balcony Smoking

No more smoking on the balcony in Santa Monica; personally, I hate cigarettes…my Mom died of cancer, probably from her smoking. Fires and health issues are good reasons to ban smoking on multi-family properties. I don’t want to smell or be exposed to your toxic waste wafting into my unit.  Readers, what do you think?

Santa Monica Snuffs Out Patio, Balcony Smoking

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