Proposed Smoking ban in units of Seaside Towers

I currently live at 435 Seaside Towers and am plagued by my neighbors second hand smoke. The neighbors on both sides and across the hall from me smoke. My unit stinks all the time. I am taking medication for my breathing. Requested my neighbors smoke outside or use an e-cigarette. I would move into another building but how do I know this will not happen again? Don't I have a right to live without this constant nuisance? I'm not asking people to stop smoking, just to smoke where it does not effect others who can't get away from their smoke. According to the american cancer society "Sidestream smoke has higher concentrations of cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) and is more toxic than mainstream smoke. And, it has smaller particles than mainstream smoke. These smaller particles make their way into the lungs and the body’s cells more easily.
Non-smokers breathe in nicotine and toxic chemicals by the same route smokers do."


Our residents should have a choice to live free from exposure to unwanted secondhand tobacco smoke. Currently, residents who are being affected bytheir neighbor’s tobacco smoke have little or no options.
Secondhand smoke seeping into apartments or condominiums from neighboring units poses both a health risk and a significant nuisance. The only fail-proof solution to this problem is for buildings to go entirely smokefree.

"The American Lung Association strongly supports safe, healthful air for all, and urges multiunit housing be made smokefree to eliminate residents’ exposure to deadly secondhand smoke. U.S. Surgeon General declared that even the smallest level of exposure to tobacco smoke is harmful, a new study appearing in the journalPediatricsfinds that children who live in multi-unit housing have higher levels of tobacco smoke contamination in their blood even when no one smokes in their own apartment. This new study makes clear that all multi-unit housing must be made smokefree."

Secondhand smoke (SHS) can cause harm in many ways. Each year in the United States alone, it’s responsible for:

An estimated 42,000 deaths from heart disease in people who are current non-smokers
About 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non-smoking adults
Worse asthma and asthma-related problems in up to 1 million asthmatic children
Between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections (lung and bronchus) in children under 18 months of age, with 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations each yearMaking children much more likely to be put into intensive care when they have the flu; they stay in the hospital longer, and they’re more likely to need breathing tubes than kids who aren’t exposed to SHS
Beside eliminating the horrible smell other advantages include...
Eliminate the Leading Cause of Residential Fires
Eliminate Exposure to a “Class A” Carcinogen
Save Money by Reducing the Need for Repairs
Reduce Potential Legal Liability
Potentially Reduce Your Insurance Premiums
Reduce Conflicts among Tenants
Reducing maintenance, cleaning and redecorating costs
Capitalizing on consumer demand for smoke-free units

If you would like to be able to enjoy fresh air in your unit and protect yourself and your family please sign this petition to help facilitate change.


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