Smoking Banned in Apartment Complexes?

United States
April 29, 2008 8:36am CST
My state is thinking of passing a bill that will allow landlords to ban smoking in common areas of apartment complexes. The landlords don't have to ban smoking, it just gives them the power to do so. I am asthmatic and our apartment complex is all closed in. All the outdoor smoking in my building comes into my apartment and gives me asthma. So, I am definitely not pro-smoking. But, still, I think it will make it extremely hard for smokers. Smoking is a very hard habit to kick.
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
29 Apr 08
Let me start by saying I am a smoker. I am considerate of people that are non smokers but outside yes I do smoke and I will continue to. Second I have heard of aparments being non smoking. In fact in FL most of the apartments on the INSIDE are non smoking. Its very hard to find a place that you can smoke in. If you do find it be prepaired to pay a BIGGER deposit and NOT get it back. They say its because they will have to replace the carpet when you leave. So if you can't smoke inside or outside the apartment where can you smoke???
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• United States
29 Apr 08
Wow, that just makes it even harder to find housing doesn't it? I know that in our area, housing is often hard to find at an affordable rate already.
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@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
29 Apr 08
Well I'm in PA now but my parents are still in FL and I have a lot of friends still there. I was just talking to a friend that is looking and things are really cheap right now but she can't smoke in any of the places she is finding. I think its ridiculas.
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• United States
2 May 08
Well, actually, I can understand them having to replace the carpet. They would also have to repaint the place, too. When I still lived at home, my mom and I were cleaning the house one night, and she moved the picture frame from the wall to dust the frame and bleach the wall down. Mind you, she hadn't started bleaching the wall down yet - she wanted to move that frame first. Well, to our surprise, the wall had a perfect border of "old wall" and "new wall," where the picture had been hanging. Our walls were supposed to be white, but when we moved the frame, we could tell that our walls, overall, were YELLOW! This was clearly understood when we compared the whole wall to the spot where the frame had been hanging. The wall was white of course, on the space that was behind the frame. Also, she got to noticing that her lamp shades were all yellowed, too. So was the couch! This was because of my dad's smoking habit. Ever since then, she makes him smoke outside.
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• United States
29 Apr 08
Darlene, my husband still smokes, and I am an ex smoker. My husband will sit out side and smoke as do the one older son I have that smokes. Just because people smoke, and trust me I know how hard it is for them does not mean they have to smoke in public walkways and hallways. take it out into the open or in one designated place. Asthma is a dangerous disease, not to mention other chronic lung problems.
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• United States
29 Apr 08
Thanks. I know I'm going to step on some people's toes here, but I really hate it when someone insists that they have a right to smoke wherever and whenever they want. I don't think people have a right to smoke anymore than I think people have the right to drive 100 mph on our local streets.
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• United States
21 May 08
Darlene Thank you so very much for the BR :))))
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
29 Apr 08
The sorry thing is that landlords can do just about anything they want when it comes under the law. In Colorado, there are some buildings that have smoke free buildings. Meaning not even in the apartments. DCMerkle
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I think you meant that the smoke can trigger your asthma and not that it causes it. Smoking doesn't cause it anymore then gardenias do for me but they do trigger it. I just wanted to point that out. As for the law I don't have a problem with that if they are allowing the landlords to decide on their own. That is fine. This way they can decide if they want smokers or not and clients can then determine if they want to be in which type of complex. I wish all laws on the smoking would do this. To allow it up to the business owner instead of doing wide based bans. Let the business owners decide what they want to do instead of forcing them to. The owners know what they want and the customers then have the choice of which business to go to. This to me makes far more sense then just saying "No Smoking" at all allowed anywhere.
@Samanthavv (1386)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I don't think they should be allowed to smoke near the building, however, if they would like to smoke, there could always be a smoke house. Just like a little enclosed booth where they can go smoke and it's so many yards away from the building.
• United States
10 Jul 08
Hmmm, that's an interesting and unique answer. Thanks for responding!
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
5 May 08
Believe me, I know. I have lived on both sides of the fence. I smoked for fourteen years and had no problems with my Asthma. Now that I have quit, My Asthma seems to kick up behind every little thing. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things that I have ever done. But I look at it like this, hopefully, the more that they limit the places one can smoke, the more likely they will be to quit. In my city, no one can smoke within 20 feet of any business or bus stop. Even if you are standing in line to get in the movie theater. Which could drive anyone to want to smke. So I can appreciate both sides of the coin. But the truth of the matter is, the more that they limit smoking, the better it will be for all in the long run, especially the smoker.
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• United States
5 May 08
I think the laws are similar to your city where I live, too. Thanks for responding.
• Bermuda
30 Apr 08
That sucks !!!! i have recently moved into an apartment and the landlord forbid me from smoking and i pay 2,000.00 a month i personally feel that is soooo wrong i pay all this money to you and you control my life................NO !!!!!!
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• United States
30 Apr 08
Wow, rents in your area are about as high as mine. But, I see that you are in Bermuda, so it won't affect you. This is mostly a California thing.
@musicdoG (228)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Smoking is hard vice to get rid, i know because i smoke. and at the worst scenario that i can say is if my smoke bothers other people and not just annoyance but with a medical condition like asthma, If it were up to me i can quit smoking easy, at least not anywhere inside the building
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• United States
30 Apr 08
I think you can still smoke inside your own apartment, just not in the public walkways, etc. And, a lot of landlords won't want to make their buildings smoke free because they want the tenants. Of course, there seems to be a lack of housing in most places in California, so competition for apartments are always pretty high.
@drannhh (15229)
• United States
1 May 08
I really think apartment houses should be designated for one of three things: `1. smoking allowed 2. smoking NOT allowed 3. mixed Then people like me could buy or rent in #2 only and not have to go through all the retrofitting that it takes to get an apartment cleaned up and keep it that way. Also, people who do smoke could do it without annoying me and without me giving them dirty looks. LOL.
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• New Zealand
30 Apr 08
Hey there indeed it is