July 29, 2014
City leaders have voted to outlaw smoking throughout this upscale community of 26,000 just south of San Francisco - including inside some residents' own homes.
During a contentious meeting Tuesday night, the Belmont City Council voted 3-2 in favor of an ordinance that prohibits smoking in indoor and outdoor workplaces, public spaces such as parks and sports fields, and inside condominiums, townhouses and apartments.
If the ordinance gets final approval on the second reading at the next council meeting, it would go into effect 30 days from Tuesday.
While some California cities have passed strict laws regulating second-hand smoke, Belmont would be the first to prohibit people from lighting up inside private homes, according to anti-smoking advocates.
Places where smoking would still be allowed include city streets and sidewalks, single-family homes and designated outdoor smoking areas.