Cigarettes - Why dont we just ban them.....

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Tampa Properties

Ok, I have to admit that I am a reformed smoker, having quit last month on February 25th (my birthday) as a result of committing to the Get Healthy in the Rain Activerain challenge.  23 days so far, a few difficulties, but I haven't broken yet.

I read an article earlier about a family in Orange County California filing a lawsuit against their next door neighbor in a condominium complex stating that they had suffered economic damage and emotional distress and that their child had his asthma aggravated by the neighbor's incessant smoking habits.  They claimed the smoke "infiltrated" their condo unit through windows and a sliding-glass door.

Condo Owners Win Secondhand Smoke Case

The lawsuit also named the Condominium Association and the Property Management Company as co-defendants in the case for failure to ensure the non-smoking family’s right to the “quiet enjoyment” of their own unit.

I agree that smokers should be aware of others and how secondhand smoke can effect them, but in this case wouldn't a fan strategically placed near the window or the door have solved the problem much more expediently than going to court over the matter. 
I have been in Orange County California!  The air in general, while better than other parts of the Los Angeles metro area, still contains a considerable amount of smog which would interfere with my right to "quiet enjoyment".  This among other reasons is why I wouldn't live in Los Angeles.
LA Smog
There is an old saying that "one mans pleasure is another mans pain!"  If city, county, state and federal governments are going to consistently rule to limit smoking, why don't they just ban cigarettes altogether.  Oh, that's right "tax revenue!"
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Linda Blumenthal
631-819-2913 - Westhampton Beach, NY
NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR

Hi Steven.  Congratulations on your 23 day accomplishment!  So Active Rain has really impacted your life (and health).

Mar 19, 2013 07:30 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Think about all those second-hand highs they are getting in Colorado!

  Hey, congrats on quitting, don't ever look back.

Mar 19, 2013 08:28 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Steven, congratulations on quitting smoking.  I did it a bunch of years ago and am so glad I did.  But you know?  Once in a while I'll have a dream that I'm mooching one from my buddy Jeff, and I wake up in a state of total panic.  And if I lived in a condo, I'd be a little annoyed if I had to inhale someone else's smoke walking down the hall.

Mar 19, 2013 01:02 PM