Many anti-smoking advocates in Burbank took it as a bit of a slight earlier this year when Glendale, that notorious bastion of second-hand smoke, took top honors with the American Lung Assn. for — gasp — its efforts to curb the public effects of the dirty habit.
Previously, places like Burbank, Calabasas and Santa Monica had been held up as models of municipal governments going far beyond state regulations in protecting their citizens from the deleterious effects of second-hand cigarette and cigar smoke.
But Burbank had apparently left out a key component of its anti-smoking ordinance: private properties where people are pretty much “forced” to be around others who smoke, i.e. common areas of apartment complexes and parking garages.