Residents for Smoke-Free Living prepared a report for the council, which pointed to Calabasas and Glendale as examples of cities that have enacted smoking ordinances that are stricter than California law.
The council will review the findings of the staff report and has recommended that a meeting be coordinated with stakeholders. Results will be reported back to the council.
As of right now, Aliso Viejo prohibits smoking "within the boundaries of any public or private park, playground area, tot lot or recreation area within the city, in any vehicles owned or leased by the city, or in or near any building owned or leased or occupied by the city."
Calabasas, a city north of Malibu, prohibited smoking in multifamily rental housing in its 2006 "Second-hand Smoke Control" ordinance. It declared exposure to second-hand smoke a "nuisance" and uninvited, and said it can also be deemed as trespassing. Calabasas allows smoking in private residential property and in up to 20% of hotel guest rooms.
Glendale has a similar ordinance, which also includes prohibition of "smoking-related acts" such as tobacco disposal. The nonsmoking ordinance goes into detail about the number of smoking-permitted areas in a multiunit rental development and stipulates that a landlord must disclose to tenants if smoking is permitted.
Councilman William Phillips asked how the ordinance would be enforced and wanted the council to look into how Calabasas and Glendale do it. He also expressed concern over how possible it is to control smoke and said he was skeptical whether an ordinance could solve the problem.
The Orange County Fire Authority supports the ordinance. The OCFA's Polly Bowen cited information from the Centers for Disease Control, which said even though smoking is down to a ratio of 1 in 5, it is still one of the leading causes of residential fires and fire-related deaths.