By Tony Lopez

ELK GROVE (CBS13) – You’ve heard the saying smoke ’em if you got ’em. But if you got ’em and you live in an apartment complex in Elk Grove, the luxury of lighting up may soon go up in smoke.

“i think it’s a pretty good idea,” one apartment resident said.

He’s talking about the possibility of banning smoking in all apartment complexes in the city.

A Sacramento-based trade association that works with landlords is against the idea, however.

“We don’t think it’s necessary,” said Cory Koehler with the Rental Housing Association. We support an owner’s right to choose the policy that’s in the best interest of their particular property. But what we don’t support is a new law by local government forcing the owner to do that.”

That’s because hundreds of apartment complexes in Elk Grove are already smoke-free. Property owners – many argue – have made the move without government intervention.

But a father and apartment resident wants the ban to go into effect:

“I think it’s harmful to the human body and especially to younger kids who live here,” he said.

Others say no way and are left shaking their heads.

“I don’t think it’s right,” one resident said. “That’s kind of violating people’s rights.”

The right to light up vs. the power of a possible ordinance – this smokin’ hot debate over a cigarette showdown has only just begun.

The City Council will take up the issue at its meeting next week.

Comments (436)
  1. Steve says:

    Why are these conservative republicans always trying to take away peoples rights????

    1. rusty says:

      liberal groups are the ones who are opposed to ALL tobacco use. Conservatives maintain a policy of less government intrusion into people’s private lives. I hope you were being sarcastic

      1. tharp42 says:

        Really? Conservatives are for LESS INTRUSION? Hahahaha. Sure they are, unless it comes to marijuana use, drug testing, racial profiling, hassling immigrants, the right to choose a safe and legal abortion, and the right to love and marry whomever you wish, even if they happen to be of the same sex. In these cases the right loves the government up in everyone’s business. Ever hear of law and order Republicans . And I won’t even bring up the Patriot Act, which was crammed down our throats by GW Bush.

      2. NowAStateRunMedia says:

        Nonsense dominates the news cycle. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history.

      3. JL says:

        It’s ironic that the Patriot Act which was ‘crammed down our throats by GW Bush’ was re-affirmed and expanded by BH Obama… So yes, you best not bring up the Patriot Act, it’s certainly not a bright spot for the President’s record.

      4. Squigge McGee says:

        @ tharp42, you’re an idiot. Nice trying to spin that around. How many freedoms has a lib taken away? How many freedoms has a conservative taken away?

    2. JS says:

      You can’t be that stupid. Oh wait, I take that back, you’re a liberal.

      1. Yes says:

        You are that stupid…………..

  2. Isabella says:

    Of course these are the residents that are smoking pot at home, but that’s exempt since it’s not tobacco.

  3. Diane Dioguardi says:

    Yet another reason that CA was voted as the “Most Hated State”!

  4. Bodahn says:

    I love it! Here’s to a smokeless USA!

    1. netshark says:

      It’s none of your business what people do in their own dwellings, liberal. Remember that one?

    2. JS says:

      A totallitarian USA you mean. I hope you’re happy with it.

  5. jose says:

    Why don’t you just move?

  6. burt says:

    If tobacco is so terrible, outlaw it. Of course, THAT will never happen governments want the tax money!

    1. Bubba says:

      This argument is getting like the gun haters’ argument. Legal to possess firearms but you better not use them. At least in NYC, Chicago, even Washington, DC where the Supremes said the city must allow ownership. Oops, you want to use something you legally bought? We cannot have that.

  7. JerryinTampa says:

    I am a former smoker and don’t even like to be around those that continue to smoke BUT dictating what one does in their apartment (Their Castle) is so un American. That is where our current Government is trying to take us all but that will change in November!

    1. jack nichols says:

      well said

  8. tharp42 says:

    I would like to see some apartment complexes ban cars. Parking lots are an eyesore, plus all that exhaust is detrimental to my health.

  9. Shannon says:

    I am a former smoker so I don’t believe that it is good for a person to smoke but NO ONE has the right to tell someone in this country that they can’t smoke in their apartment, car, or many other places for that matter. It is just another attempt by those IGNORANT liberals to destroy and stomp all over the Constitution and our rights. I say it is time to step on the rights of all those liberals and take away their right to speak, think, vote, or BREATH for that matter since they are so concerned with controlling everyone else maybe they should learn what it feels like to have their rights stolen away and stomped all over for a change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. electricman says:

    This is awesome… no one wants to move into a place that is contaminated with nicotine,tar

  11. Whitey says:

    Here we go again… tell me, why does this have to be a political issue? Is that the best you smokers can do? Has it occurred to you that your stentch gets into the carpet and walls… never to be totally removed for the next renter? You’re all in denial.

    Cigarette smoke stinks, is invasive and I challenge any of you nicotine addicts to provide one stitch of data that suggests it’s not harmful.

  12. jvv says:

    I think it is a great idea! Of course I live in a apartment. I do not think government intervention would be necessary if smokers just stay in their apartments and close their doors & windows, and smokers stop throwing their cig butts on the ground, afterall it is trash, yet they act like it’s not. The lady below me smokes in patio and all her smokes come up to me, so when she smokes, I sweep. (Of course, my balcony is 2×4’s, and the dirt goes through). I get the 2nd hand smoke, I have to go in and shut my doors & windows;she gets dust, and she has to go in and shut her door & windows. There we are even. Dare she say something. As a matter of fact, when I renting there, they showed me an apartment they called clean and it reaked of smoke, and visually looked clean. I told the mangers, they are better of renting to smokers at that one, I took the other one that didn’t smell like smoke.


    don’t worry, if they say that I can’t smoke cigarettes in my elk grove apartment while others can smoke marijuana (legally or not), then I would sue all the way up to the United States Supreme Court. if i can’t smoke my cigarettes, then no one can smoke their marijuana. this ordiance is totally hypocritical and it violation of my civil rights. if i want to smoke a cigarette in a park, in a hospital, in a bar, or anywhere else, then i have the right to do so. it’s my right, and if you don’t like it then you have the right to move away and go somewhere else.

  14. jack nichols says:

    This is the apartment owners decision not the government

  15. me says:

    I used to live next door to a smoker and she was always coming outside to smoke but she was effin hot so I didn’t care !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Whitey says:

    It’s actually not your right, “MY RIGHT”, because we changed the laws. You can, however, throw yourself on the floor and scream that life is unfair.

    I do hope you and your big balls think you have all these rights… it’ll take you all the way to the Supreme Jail.

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