March 17, 2011 - New York has been taking an increasingly tough stance toward smoking, but virtually all residential buildings have drawn the line at telling people they can't smoke in their own apartments. That may be changing. At least half a dozen Manhattan co-ops are expected to ask shareholders during annual meetings this spring to vote on an all-out smoking ban that would prohibit residents from lighting up in their own homes, real estate attorneys say.
New York City already prohibits smoking in public areas at any building with at least 10 apartments. Attorneys say a number of recent developments have encouraged some buildings to pursue a total prohibition. These include growing concerns over secondhand smoke, the city's recent decision to slap smoking restrictions on parks and other public areas, and fears that residents will sue each other—or the building—over smoking disputes.
"At every single board meeting we get complaints about smoke and people asking us when will the board do something," says Steven Michaelson, president of an Upper East Side condominium that is holding a vote soon on banning all smoking.
Reference: Smoking Bans Hitting Home by CRAIG KARMIN (email@example.com), online.wsj.com, 3/16/2011./
A few related news briefs:
Sarasota, Florida - banned smoking in over 500 homes for the poor..;
Chicago, Illinois - tenants in apartment building given one-year to quit smoking..;
Chicago, Illinois - smoke-free apartment and condominium buildings are becoming the wave of the future ..;
Canada - more and more renters and owners demanding smoke-free housing in multiunit dwellings..;
England - if you want to rent a place to live then it's time to quit smoking..;
U.S. - another housing authority bans smoking..;
More Public Housing Units Going Smoke-Free...