Sorry, you can’t smoke in your own apartment

TACOMA, Wash., Aug. 30 (UPI) — Officials in Washington state say they’ll consider moving the health battle over secondhand smoke into a new and contentious arena — people’s homes.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board will consider a proposal next month to classify secondhand smoke as a “nuisance” in multi-unit housing, The Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune reported Monday.

Backers of the measure say they want it incorporated in the state’s landlord-tenant law.

“This is the last piece of the puzzle that needs to be placed,” Nan Hogan, who helped write the proposed legislation, said. “We’ve got smoke-free motel rooms, smoke-free restaurants, smoke-free bars, smoke-free office buildings and even prisons. Why should we go home and have to breathe it there?”

Hogan is a member of the group People United for Smoke-free Housing.

In most multi-family structures, the group says, there is no practical way to seal one apartment from another.

Smokers’ rights advocates say controlling smoking in rental apartments is unnecessary and an assault on private rights.

“This is political correctness run amok,” said Gary Nolan, U.S. director of the Citizens Freedom Alliance, which advocates for smokers’ rights. “They’re taking away the rights of the landlord. We have a republic, and they’re telling this guy what he can do with his private property. These people should be ashamed of themselves.”

Landlords are free declare their apartments smoke-free if they wish, Nolan said.

“They can say on their own, ‘No smoking in any of our buildings,’” he said. “The free market has a way of working these things out.”

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4 responses to “Sorry, you can’t smoke in your own apartment

  1. Two thumbs up! Now how about making it against the law to smoke in a car with the windows rolled down. Don’t you hate to pull up to a red light and be attacked by second hand smoke from the car next to you?

    • This is just another freedom that they are trying to take away. It doesn’t matter if you smoke or not, the fact is, is that it is your choice. Next they will be telling you that you can’t drink coffee because it stains your teeth. Then they will outlaw sugar because to much will make you fat.

      • triciathekid

        Exactly, Terry. Sure, smoking is damaging to your health but so is overexercising, or extreme dieting, etc etc. Hell, you can even go so far as to say certain methods of parenting are damaging to your psyche. So what’s next? Will we all have a ‘Big Brother’ that we don’t want, telling us how to act and eat and what to say? Screw that. Government is, quite obviously, supposed to be run by the people, for the people, so that the country isn’t a complete mess, but it is by no means a method of controlling us all to the point of personal invasion.

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