Bay area residents want smoke-free apartments

June 28, 1999
The movement that has banished smoking from California workplaces and bars is spreading to the last bastion of freedom for some smokers -- their own apartments or condominiums.
     Nonsmokers in the Bay Area are complaining to county health agencies that second-hand smoke from neighbors' units penetrates into their homes via vents and windows and causes health problems, such as asthma, allergies or headaches. County health officials are responding by looking at ways to restrict smoking in multiunit dwellings.
     ``It's probably the second-highest complaint after complaints about smoking in bars,'' said Scott Morrow, health officer for San Mateo County.