Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

Yes, it’s legal

More and more, people are catching on that the toxicity of secondhand smoke is not limited to public spaces — it also can be harmful when it seeps from one person’s apartment to another.

Wondering if it’s legal to make an apartment or condominium building smokefree? It sure is. The New York Times had a good story this week on a trend in that city to make residential buildings smokefree.

What’s more, the paper cites research showing that a majority of New Yorkers surveyed (58 percent) would pay more to live in a smokefree building, and a larger majority (68 percent) might not live in a building that allows smoking in the first place.

If you are having problems with secondhand smoke in your building, contact the management (if it’s a rental building) or the condo board about making the building smokefree.

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