New York State Office of the Attorney General Informative - Would You Sue Your Neighbor for Smoking?
Would You Sue Your Neighbor for Smoking?
By Katherine Steinberg
Should you be able to regulate your neighbor's smoking habit? Some New Yorkers think so.
Smokers are being increasingly pushed to the wayside as bans on smoking sweep across cities from the West to the East coasts, from the work place to restaurants. It seems there is no place to light up indoors anymore. But when does the ban on public smoking become private?
Two neighbors are feuding in New York over secondhand smoke seeping into a public hallway, as reported in the New York Times. One neighbor is a 57-year-old chain-smoking restaurateur who says she has been a smoker for four decades. She admits to feeling guilty over not being able to quit, and claims she uses air purifiers and door seals to ward against smoke seepage.
Her neighbors, a couple, both 40 and lawyers, claim her efforts are not stopping the smoke fumes from infecting the hallway where their young son is exposed to her secondhand smoke.
But do they have the right to restrict her smoking in her own apartment?
The well-documented dangers of secondhand smoke are many, ranging from lung cancer to heart disease, and possibly many other cancers, such as breast and cervical cancer. Secondhand smoke exposure has been concluded to be unsafe at any level, according to a June 2006 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. The report went further, stating there must be a ban on indoor smoking entirely in order to fully protect nonsmokers.
But, should your own apartment be considered a smoke-free zone, simply because it's indoors? Perhaps, if that apartment has a shared hallway where smoke can collect. What this means to smokers in their own apartments is still up for debate. Home may not be a sanctuary for smokers much longer.
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In my opinion.
Well, From the poles and the commie, deceitful way they are taxing people to death I don't think so. People are just using this as another way to steal money and take away the freedoms of the people. If you support this kind of counter productive dictatorship then vote your freedoms away. The freedoms that make this the greatest country in the world are now being made a mockery of by lawyers, Doctors and most of all your own elected officials. Its you country and it use to be your choice.
PS. I don’t smoke.