If you live in an apartment and your neighbor smokes, you may be exposed to secondhand smoke. According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. All apartment dwellers can encourage their buildings to adopt a smoke-free policy.
If your building adopts a smoke-free policy, residents who smoke and already have a lease that doesn’t include that policy cannot be evicted. Voluntary smoke-free policies require your building be smoke-free, not smoker-free. Smokers do not need to quit smoking; they simply need to smoke outside of the building. The experience of landlords across the country suggests that smoke-free policies are not difficult to implement and are largely self-enforcing.
In an effort to cut back on tobacco consumption and encourage quitting, many smokers agree to be smoke-free at home. Also, parents who smoke may want to protect their children from secondhand smoke and decide not to smoke indoors.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy, smoke-free New Year!