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Second-Hand Smoke Prompts First-Hand Cop Call

A Rancho Santa Margarita man has enough of his inconsiderate neighbor.

A Rancho Santa Margarita man decided he had enough—and probably for good reason.

According to the blotter of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, a man called deputies Tuesday evening to complain about his neighbor.

He was upset that a female was smoking outside his residence and she threw her cigarette on his porch.

The man has a medical condition and told officers that he felt the neighbor is trying to harm him on purpose.

The call came Tuesday, 7:08 p.m., from Via Cresta.

This report is culled from the Orange County Sheriff's website. Not all facts in each report are made public; the outcome of the report may differ from the original blotter item. There should be no assumption of guilt based on this limited information.

Eddy Bialer December 19, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Second hand smoke is a hype. The Center for desase control (CDC) in Atlanta rated second hand smoke at a level lower than 1500th on its danger level. Second hand smoke may be annoyning but not of a danger level to any normal person. The caller for police assistance in this case should be cited, ticketed and made to appear in cour on the charge of violating the first amendment rights of the defendant. constitution.
Eddy Bialer December 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM
The caller is tacking this to the extreme. Back off and calm down, . Talk to yor neighbor and work it out if possible.
Something Special Cateirng Inc. December 21, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Eddy you should look up info before you committ yourself to stating your facts. Try CDC and second hand smoke. It does effect others! Maybe you are a smoker? I was for 45 years
April Josephson December 21, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Eddy, I agree with Something Special on this. Besides, there are a lot of people who have a sensitivity to smoke that can make their existing health conditions worse. I don't think that I would call the sheriff's, but I would ask the person to be more considerate and take their habit elsewhere. IMO, the nonsmoker should have as much of a right to freedom from breathing the smoke as the smoker has the right to smoke.

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