first_imgThe anti-smoking movement is picking up serious momentum. ? Atlantic City, N.J., casinos are making their gambling floors smoke-free. The University of Mississippi has restricted smoking on campus to the parking lots. And Congress is upping the federal tax on cigarettes to $1 a pack. Maybe the drive is picking up a little too much momentum. Two California cities, Calabasas and Belmont, are considering banning smoking in ? apartments and condos. The bans would apply to new renters in buildings with 15 or more units. ? The bans would be backed by fines and, ultimately, eviction for violators. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cigarettes are unhealthy and unpleasant ? but the proposed measures are so intrusive they raise serious questions about privacy and property rights. The bans single out apartment dwellers, and they also discriminate in another way: New tenants may not smoke; current renters may. An apartment ? is still a home, and the occupants should enjoy certain rights to the use of their private space. ? This is government trying to dictate personal choice, and it is far too intrusive. – Dale McFeatters Scripps Howard News Servicelast_img read more