Smoking in apartments infringes in neighbour’s rights

Non-smokers have no way to stop second-hand smoke from coming into apartments

Re: Smokers kicked to the curb (News, Oct. 4)

I have always been a non-smoker and I, like so many others, am very sensitive to smoke so, logically, any restrictions to reduce smoking in general are welcome.

We who live in apartment buildings are often subjected to second-hand smoke from other tenants who decide to smoke out on their balconies.

These balconies are definitely within the range of three to seven meters from the windows on the adjacent apartments.

I do realize that there are no laws to restrict smoking in one’s own home.

In my case, we have smokers who smoke out on their balconies at any time of day or night depending on outdoor temperatures.

This makes it difficult to be able to have one’s windows open and necessitates a quick rush to close windows when the smoke inevitably invades our apartments.

We all pay our rents and, at the same time, we non-smokers have no way to stop second-hand smoke from coming into our apartments unless we live with our windows closed and, even then, the smoke comes through the building venting system.

Just a thought from a non-smoker.

Tyler Omega

James Bay



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