A City Council in Nebraska has to decide if smoking inside apartments will be banned

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Of course, the ban would have secondary benefits of reducing health problems caused by secondhand smoke.Cigarette smoking at a single Bellevue apartment complex led to two fires in July. “We could have lost lives in the fire. I want to prevent that going forward,” Preister said. The City Council has to vote this Monday. Preister said he has nothing against smokers, argues that such a ban would also lower insurance premiums by preventing expensive fires. Howevwe “Who are we to tell them they can’t smoke in their own homes?” is a question which  was repeated may times during last days by the opposants of this idea. Some people think the measure would violate a state law that says people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their own homes. “Complete bans go too far,” a spokesman for Richmond, Virginia-based Altria Group Inc., which owns Philip Morris USA, expressed opinion.

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