Businesses and institutions must inform customers and guests who smoke or vape that smoking and vaping are not allowed indoors. A 100% smoke-free building is one where smoking and vaping of anything (including tobacco and cannabis) is prohibited in individual apartments, as well as in shared indoor and outdoor spaces. Some smoke-free buildings allow smoking or vaping in a confined outdoor space. *These restrictions do not apply to smoking or vaping in an apartment or inside residential properties near outdoor spaces. Yes. The “No Smoking” or “No Smoking” or “No Vaping” or “Vaping” sign or a sign bearing the international symbol “No Smoking” consisting of an illustrated representation of a lit cigarette surrounded by a circle surmounted by a bar must be worn by the owner, operator, manager or other person who exercises control of an area where smoking and vaping is prohibited or permitted; be visibly attached and properly maintained. Click here for downloadable smoking and non-smoking signs. The Indoor Air Quality Act prohibits smoking and vaping in the following indoor spaces: The Public Smoking Act does not prohibit smoking in homes or on adjoining patios, and there are no local or state laws that protect a resident from smoke from neighbors. However, housing and condo management can adopt a smoke-free policy for any part or all of the property and we can help! In 2017, New York State expanded Section 13-E of the Public Health Act, also known as the Clean Indoor Air Act (the Act). The law prohibits smoking and vaping in nearly all indoor public and private workplaces, including restaurants and bars, to protect workers and the public from exposure to harmful second-hand tobacco smoke and vapor aerosols.
Communities can continue to enact and enforce local laws on smoking and vaping. However, these rules must be at least as strict as the law. This is a common problem and we understand that it is frustrating. Often, people who smoke in these areas don`t know where their smoke is drifting, so they may not be aware that this is causing you a problem. While it is possible to sue, the record of resolving disputes with second-hand smoke in court is somewhat mixed. Non-smokers have sued landlords or roommates for harassment, breach of legal duty to keep the premises habitable, breach of the common law of peaceful enjoyment, neglect, harassment, assault, and wilful infliction of emotional distress; The courts have ruled in individual cases for and against non-smokers. Secondhand smoke is a cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), causing nearly 50,000 deaths from heart disease, stroke and lung cancer each year among non-smoking adults in the United States.3 You may want to talk to a civil lawyer. The Washington State Tenants Association has resources to resolve conflicts with neighbors and resolve conflicts related to smoking. Contact the Washington Bar Association to find out how to find legal assistance. It is illegal to smoke marijuana from a public perspective, which means that smoking marijuana is legal in most private homes.
However, smoking marijuana can violate your landlord`s rental policy. We encourage homeowners to include marijuana in their smoke-free policies. You can review your lease and talk to your landlord or contact us if you need help. Second-hand smoke entering apartments or condominiums from neighbouring units poses both a health risk and a significant nuisance. The only fail-safe solution to this problem is for buildings to become completely smoke-free, either by a policy adopted voluntarily by building management or by local ordinance. Because personal dwellings are not considered public spaces, they generally do not fall under existing legislation governing smoking in public places, but many states and municipalities prohibit smoking in public spaces of apartment buildings. In addition, some municipalities are now issuing smoke-free ordinances in all or a percentage of private units in apartment buildings. Yes. The law prohibits smoking and vaping in all private offices and throughout the building. Adopting a smoke-free rule for your condo building is a great way to protect your health and investment.
We recommend a complete ban on smoking indoors and outdoors (so balconies and terraces are also included). To get started, review your HOA`s main documents and/or talk to the board of directors. A lawyer can also be helpful. Most boards have a lawyer appointed for these matters, but you can also speak to one yourself if you want an outside opinion. Your workplace may have an employee assistance program that offers free legal advice, so this can also be a way to give it a try. Probably yes. The Public Smoking Act prohibits smoking in indoor public spaces – this could include: hallway, stairs, elevator, laundry room and within 25 feet of the building`s main entrance. Contact us to report a possible violation. We will investigate your complaint and, if a breach is detected, work with management to remedy the situation. Yes. Unless otherwise specified in the law, all businesses, institutions and organizations with employees must prohibit smoking and vaping indoors in accordance with the law.
The law prohibits employers from providing employees with a smoke room or steam break. Businesses are not allowed to smoke or vape throughout the building. No, this is not a violation of the law on smoking in public places. The current law states that smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of any public entrance; However, a private window or door is not a public place. Owners, managers or operators of an area open to the public, food service establishment, bar or other business subject to the Act must make reasonable efforts to prevent smoking and vaping. Are you exposed to second-hand smoke in your home? Contact us to let us know about your problem. A member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible. Employers, employees and the public can report violations of the law confidentially. Click on the link to find contact information for the county office or local health department where the business or facility is located. The management of the building has enforcement powers in this situation. We can look to management to allocate resources to enforcement, but we cannot force them to comply. If you find yourself in this situation, do not hesitate to contact us or speak directly to your landlord.
Since 2003, the law has protected millions of New Yorkers from daily exposure to deadly second-hand smoke and the diseases it causes. The law saves lives and money. Studies show that in the first year alone, the expansion of the law resulted in about 3,800 fewer heart attack hospitalizations, saving about $56 million in health care costs.1,2 Yes. Smoking and vaping are permitted in restaurants, bars, hotel and motel conference rooms, dining rooms, convention halls and other similar facilities ONLY if the enclosed spaces are used solely for the purpose of inviting the public to taste tobacco products or e-cigarettes and serve food and beverages. A permanent establishment may not schedule more than two days in each calendar year for such events. For more information on the law, call (518) 402-7600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the link to learn more about the New York City Smoke-Free Air Act (SFAA). Learn more about the health effects of exposure to second-hand smoke and the benefits of a smoke-free home. There are several documents on no-smoke.org/at-risk-places/homes/ to familiarize you with the dangers of second-hand smoke, your options for improving the situation, and why smoke-free air is a benefit for tenants, landlords, and building owners.