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

Bloomberg proposal for smoking policies is great idea

Mayor Bloomberg
What a great idea.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing that all apartments and condos in the city be required to come up with a policy on smoking and make it clear to prospective buyers and tenants.

He stresses that this is not, we repeat not, a ban.

What would this law do? It would require apartment managers and condo boards to think about smoking, the hazards of secondhand smoke and the sticky issues that arise when one resident’s smoke invades another resident’s apartment. It would make clear where in the building people could and couldn’t smoke. And it would help people make informed decisions about where they want to live. After all, most people don’t smoke and don’t like breathing secondhand smoke.

As the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids noted:

Residents deserve to know whether they will be subject to these serious health risks before deciding whether to buy or rent a home. This legislation is an important complement to laws requiring smoke-free workplaces and public places and will further protect everyone’s right to breathe clean air.

Who knows, it might even prompt some condos and apartments to go smokefree.

Speaking of which, we are going to start a list of smokefree apartments and condos in the District. Know of any? Let us know.

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