What do you do when you are stuck with a neighbor who smokes? Maybe you are a smoker and don’t want to damage your apartment or your relationships with other neighbors. Here are a few suggestions to help you when either you or a neighbor smokes.
Talk With Your Neighbor First
While you may have a fear of confronting your neighbor, talking with them is often the easiest solution. Make no mistake; most smokers have very strong feelings about their need to smoke. Also, depending on where you live in the country, some smokers feel frustrated with the growing increases in no-smoking ordinances. However, awareness has grown about the dangers and destructive properties of cigarette smoke and your neighbor may be more polite than you think. It’s possible you may be able to work out a compromise about where smoking takes place and when.
A solution is to buy your neighbor an air purifier and a window vent fan. The air purifier will be more effective in his apartment than in yours, and if he is civil he probably won’t mind using it.
When Your Request to Alter Smoking Habits Falls on Deaf Ears…
Talk to your (or their) landlord or apartment manager about the problem. Find out if their lease addresses smoking. If the lease does not address smoking there are no real legal options to pursue that would be cheaper than you moving to a new apartment. If you live in a condo or in a co-op, you can bring a complaint to your board. Do not expect miracles, and be prepared to persist.
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