Your editorial on Santa Monica's pending ban on smoking in condo and apartment units says the proposal intrudes too far into the "lives and homes of residents." The law does absolutely nothing to curtail current residents' smoking rights. It covers only prospective residents who, by definition, are not yet residents when they learn that the unit they are considering is a nonsmoking unit. They can choose to reside in a community with smoking units.
That decision helps current nonsmoking residents. How? They continue to live in their units free of the fear, and the health risk, that a heavy smoker will move in next to them.
We know this is a real issue thanks to the many current residents who came to the City Council to report horrible changes in their lives (and their young children's lives) from heavy smokers next door.