New York City Mayor Wants Apartment Buildings To Set Smoking Rules

According to The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg is proposing legislation, requiring apartment building owners to adopt smoking policies and disclose them to potential residents.

In this bill, residential buildings are required to draw up written policies on where smoking is and aren’t permitted (balconies, stoops, lobbies, courtyards, individual apartments, roofs etc…) and show these rules to prospective tenants and owners. There are predictions that this would help increase the number of smoke-free buildings in New York City.

Advocates are showing this support for this bill. They say it will protect New Yorkers from second-hand smoke, while opponents argue it infringes on people’s rights to do what they want to do in their own home. Nearly 2,500 people called 311 this year to complain of second-hand smoke in residential buildings.

“You should be able to do whatever you want in your own apartment,” one woman told The Journal.

The proposed penalty for violating the law would be $100 per violation.

Last year, the city banned smoking in city parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas. Now it looks like the next target is apartment buildings.

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