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Bloomberg Wants Smoking Rules Set for Buildings

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he is proposing legislation to require all apartment building owners to disclose smoking policies in public and private areas to prospective residents.

Under the proposed rule, building owners who do not comply would be fined $100.

“This does not prohibit anything,” Bloomberg said. “It just gives people the right to know before they sign a lease, and it seems to be very popular.”

But Arthur Weinstein, the vice president of the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums, said many buildings already require residents to follow smoking policies in common areas.

“We are enforcing these rules very stringently, but don't need extra dealings with the city to impose fines on buildings when the conduct may be something that we're trying to correct anyway,” he said.

Bloomberg outlawed smoking in the city's parks, beaches and public plazas last year. It was the first major restriction on smoking in the five boroughs since the ban in restaurants and bars in 2002.

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smokefree from Queens, NY

To BethH from Riverdale: Have you advised your landlord in writing that you have a serious health issue that is being caused by your smoking neighbor?

Your landlord is required to address the complaint in a timely fashion and take action to resolve your issues. Don't settle for the remedy of having an air filtration or ventilation system purchased to remove the tobacco smoke because they are not effective in removing the toxic particles of secondhand smoke.

If you get no satisfaction after speaking to your offending neighbor (you've indicated that has not worked) and your landlord, considering contacting a lawyer to see if you have a legal case against the neighbor and/or your landlord. You should not have to move.

I hope that Mayor Bloomberg's proposal passes the City Council and becomes law. This will hopefully initiate a move to make attached multiple housing smokefree in New York.

Apr. 23 2012 03:12 AM
BethH from Riverdale

I really hope this passes. My current neighbour is a smoker and his smoke comes in to our apartment, sometimes waking me up in the middle of the night with nausea. We had to move our bed. We have tried for years to speak with him about it in a nice way and he has only gotten worse. He is extremely inconsiderate. While his own health is his own concern, we should not have to suffer adversely because of his selfish actions. If we had been able to find out about the smoking prior to moving in, we would have found a different apartment. We are in the process of moving now because it is so bad. My fear is that we will end up neighbours with another sefish, inconsiderate person.

Apr. 18 2012 08:06 PM

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