Homes & Neighborhoods...
I have received numerous complaints from people living in single
family homes who, whenever a smoking neighbor or their guest lights up
a tobacco product in the yard, must run inside and close all the
Tobacco smoke travels greater distances than smokers realize, and can
cause discomfort and/or illness for their neighbors.
should be aware of the need and desire of homeowners, especially
considering how close newer homes are built these days, to have a
smoking policy for the neighborhood.
This is not only legal, but a valuable amenity worth considering. An
entire neighborhood, such as in Homeowners Associations, can have a
clause that specifies no smoking in outdoor areas in their CC&Rs. Not that I condone
smoking indoors - one of the deadliest practices of the past that
prayerfully will soon disappear - but, non-smoking buyers with chronic
health concerns or who have children or elderly family members will
greatly appreciate having full use of their property and the ability
to keep windows open on comfortable air days without fear of unwelcome
This may seem extreme, but a few years
ago I read an article about a developer in Northern Los Angeles County
that refused to sell to attorneys. He had been sued so many times he
was just fed up. Turns out that is perfectly legal.
Just as it would be legal to have a neighborhood that did not allow
animals (with the exception for the handicapped) in order to allow for
a quieter neighborhood, smoking can also be prohibited.
Just something to think about. I know I would buy in a smoke-free
neighborhood to protect my health.