Time for All Landlords to Protect Tenants from Drifting Smoke

September 7th, 2017 by Smokers' Helpline

Time for all landlords to protect tenants from drifting smoke

The Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance for the Control of Tobacco (ACT) commends the City of St. John’s for making all seven city owned Non-Profit housing buildings smoke free for all tenants and their guests effective September 1, 2017 and calls on all landlords in the province to provide the same protection for their tenants. Each day, ACT receives calls from concerned tenants in residential apartment buildings whose peaceful enjoyment of their living space is interfered with by drifting tobacco smoke generated by smokers in other apartments in their building. People are clamouring for someone to do something so that their health and safety is not compromised by drifting smoke.

“Drifting smoke is much more than just a nuisance,” says Kevin Coady, Executive Director of ACT, “It is a major health issue especially for senior tenants who may already have respiratory or other health issues. We have spoken to some tenants who are just recovering from hospitalizations or surgeries and they have to deal daily with smoke coming into their apartments from other tenants in the building” While landlords try their best to correct drifting smoke problems, it is almost impossible to stop smoke from drifting under doors or through vents, electrical outlets and plumbing. The only real answer is to implement 100% smoke free policies for apartment buildings. Today, in an effort to protect the health of others in their homes, workplaces and indoor public places, most people are going outside to smoke. The same needs to happen in apartment buildings. People need and have a right to smoke free air.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of death and disability in Canada and evidence is clear that there is NO safe level of exposure to second hand tobacco smoke. All tenants have the right to enjoy clean air in their building. The time is right for all landlords follow the lead of the City of St. John’s and move to implement 100% smoke free policies to protect the health of all of their tenants.

For more information contact:
Kevin Coady
Executive Director, Alliance for the Control of Tobacco
Phone: 689-6005
Email: kevincoady@actnf.com