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Rocklin Considering Banning Residents From Smoking Outside Their Own Homes

ROCKLIN (CBS13) – A Rocklin resident has asked the City Council to consider a ban on smoking that some say goes way too far.

The Rocklin City Council was asked to consider making it against the law for smokers to smoke anywhere outside on their property.

One homeowner complained about smoke coming from a neighbors' backyard, saying it caused health problems for their kids.

But before going to the city council, the family first asked their neighbors to stop smoking.

One couple agreed, according to their son.

"They felt that there wasn't any reason to put the household in any sort of health risk," Eric Croslin said explaining his parent's position.

But some smokers and even some non-smokers saying this ban goes too far.

"So what about people who have children in their home and they don't want to smoke in their home?" asked non-smoker Tamara Davis.

"As a smoker, I think that smokers should be considerate," said Rocklin resident and smoker Ryan Malonson. "But on your own property, that's unacceptable. It's not going to pass."

It is already against the law for smokers to light up near businesses, parks and playground in California.

Rocklin City Manager Rick Horst originally told CBS13 the city was considering the ban. However, after the story ran and was picked up by a prominent national website, Horst contacted CBS13 and said the city has "no intention of considering the matter."

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