Tenant groups ban smoking inside people’s own homes in New York


Before we had all the rules and restrictions on smoking in the United States, I was in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Western Canada in the early 1980s, and that was the first place I’d ever seen a ban on smoking in public indoor spaces.

I happened to be there on a December day that was the coldest ever in history (on that particular day) for them. Despite the frigidity, people were outside smoking in that terrible cold and wind. (To give you a feel for how cold it was, I had parked the car and went into a convenience store…but forgot to plug in the radiator block heater that the car had back then. Well, I was in the store for 5 minutes and when I came out, the car was as dead as can be. And people were standing outside smoking in that!)

Today, there are roughly 20% of Americans who smoke. And they’re dealing with more and more restrictions. I think about those communities where you can’t even light up in a park anymore.

But up to this point, you are still allowed to smoke in your own home, right?

Well, not exactly. More and more residential buildings are banning smokers even in their own homes. The New York Times reports 10 big residential buildings in Manhattan have banned all smoking inside people’s homes by tenant vote. (I’m not sure how they’ll know if you do light up.)

This is just yet another level of restriction on smokers. I am a former smoker, and I used to smoke 2 packs a day before quitting a long time ago. Today, though, I can’t understand how smokers do it. It’s getting tougher and tougher, not to mention costlier and costlier. So how about it? Maybe it’s time for you to kick the habit too.

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