November 28, 2014
There will be some tough new smoking regulations going in effect in Belmont in November.
City council members say the anti-smoking ban they finalized Tuesday night will take effect November 8th.
Though the measure had already been approved once by city officials, Tuesday night's vote made it official and clarified exactly where people can smoke indoors and outdoors.
The new law forbids smoking outside buildings within 20 feet of common areas, doors, and areas used by children.
It also forbids smoking in apartments, townhouses and condominiums that share a common floor or ceiling.
Anti-smoking advocates say Belmont is the first to pass rules meant to stop people from smoking inside their own homes.
Apartment complexes and condos will have 14 months to incorporate the new rules into lease agreements.
Lighting up would still be possible on city streets and sidewalks, single-family homes and designated outdoor smoking areas.