There was an interesting article in the NY Times today about the ongoing battle against smoking in America. Belmont, California, a town south of San Francisco, recently put a new law into effect that bans “smoking anywhere in the city of about 25,000 except in detached homes and yards, streets and some sidewalks, and designated smoking areas outside.” So, if you live in a condo or an apartment building you are out of luck. You can’t smoke in your own home.

Well Edith Frederickson, a two pack-a-day smoker for the last 50 years, was less than pleased with such a law. “‘I’m absolutely outraged,’ said Ms. Frederickson, 72, pulling on a Winston as she sat on a concrete slab outside her single-room apartment. ‘They’re telling you how to live and what to do, and they’re doing it right here in America.’

So what are the effects of the law? Mrs. Frederickson is one of those that “still smoke secretly” in their apartments. She said “she is looking to move out of Belmont if she can find something cheap enough. Until then, however, she seems defiant, despite feeling like a criminal in Belmont.
“‘And I’m going to keep being a criminal, let me tell you that,’ she said.”