Weekend Bellevue Apartment Fire Renews Smoking Debate

A Bellevue City Council member is again talking about an apartment smoking ban proposal, which did not pass in 2016.

“What my legislation would have done was ban all smoking in apartments, multi-family dwellings and it would have banned grills that people use to grill on those decks,” Don Preister told 6 News.

Preister was reacting to a weekend fire that destroyed a Bellevue apartment building, displacing 12 families.

Investigators rule it was caused by careless disposal of smoking materials.

Opponents have said the free market should be a deciding factor with property owners making the decision, and Preister notes some Bellevue apartment owners did change over to smoke-free communities.

Preister says he would like to see his proposal to ban smoking in apartment buildings come back, but this time on a statewide level.

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