Lighting up a cigarette in your own home could become illegal in Los Angeles if you move into a new apartment built with city money.
A City Council committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a proposal that at least half of all multifamily housing units built with money from the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund be "smoke free."
The city attorney's office must now draft an ordinance for the full council to consider.
Health advocates crowded into City Hall to support the plan, which was proposed by council President Alex Padilla. No one spoke against it.
Henrilee Long, who lives in a skid row housing project, said he is plagued by secondhand smoke. "They smoke in the elevators," he said. "It is very difficult for me to breathe. I would appreciate it if you would help with this."