The City of Milpitas received a grant from Santa Clara County to develop and implement a comprehensive no-smoking policy for all multi-unit housing. Milpitas already prohibits smoking and vaping in parks, trails, and outdoor dining areas, but policies are needed to prohibit smoking in multi-unit housing and limit exposure to secondhand smoke and vaping in individual units, common areas entryways and service areas in nonresidential developments, and at public events. Milpitas has adopted policies to address the increased demand for smoke free housing to protect current and future residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke from both tobacco and cannabis products, which often disproportionately jeopardize the health of the most vulnerable populations.
Property owners, managers, and HOAs must inform tenants and residents of the law’s smoke-free requirements and incorporate the requirements into leases and rental agreements. Signs must also be posted where smoking is prohibited. The City has a limited number of free “no smoking” signs available. If you would like to pick up a “no smoking” sign, please contact the Planning Department.
Ordinance No. 227.8, which expands the areas in Milpitas where smoking is prohibited, can be found here. The City Council agenda report and attachments, which provide additional background and information regarding the project, can be accessed here.