Condo Owners For Smokefree Living-U.S.

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We are a group of condo owners, or former condo owners, who have been harmed by tobacco smoke drifting into our homes from that of a neighbor.

We now realize the laws in most states permit condo associations to choose whether their properties should be partially or 100% smoke-free.  The ideal is for all associations to recognize the need for smoke-free buildings and common areas for those who choose to live in a smoke-free environment, and for those who require smoke-free air to survive.  Buildings can and should be separated into, and designated as, smoking and non-smoking. 

Please be aware that, although it is legal to have a smoke-free condo building, it is still rare to see a board or association make the needed changes.

If you are suffering from illness due to the smoke, and cannot convince your association to enforce the nuisance clause or change the CC&Rs, we advise you move as soon as possible. Your health should be your number one priority. It will take us years to educate condo associations and developers on the need for smoke-free living.

QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS INFORMATION CAN BE ADDRESSED TO JACQUE PETTERSON of Smoke-Free Housing Consultants
 

Smoke-Free Condo Success Stories Smoke-Free Apartment Success Stories Find someone to help you in your state.

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH TOBACCO SMOKE DRIFTING INTO YOUR CONDO (or apartment) HOME, PLEASE, CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR TO LET THEM KNOW.  THEY WILL NEVER KNOW THIS IS A PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED IF THEY DO NOT HEAR FROM YOU. 

Please use the information below to help you educate your association or manager on their legal right to have smoke-free buildings to protect the health of their residents.  Many times it is simply a misunderstanding of the laws, and our literature may give them the boost they need to make this positive change.

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SAMPLE SMOKE-FREE LANGUAGE

for CC&Rs, as prepared by
Los Angeles attorney Debra Sheppard:
http://www.smokefreeapartments.org/condos.html. 

NOTE:  Be aware of
 false information
on many real estate sites
such as Century 21 Real Estate
stating you cannot ban smoking
inside individual units of condo associations. 

It is perfectly legal (there is no law against it)
to ban smoking inside and outside; anywhere. 
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Associate Organizations

APSAC
(Alliance for the Protection from Secondhand
smoke in Apartments and Condos) 

*  THE SMOKE FREE
AFFORDABLE HOUSING CAMPAIGN
in Los Angeles, CA,
 (They are actively requesting that 50% of the affordable housing built with funds from the newly created "Affordable Housing Trust Fund" be 100% smokefree inside and out.  Ten percent of the funds that will be used for the trust fund are scheduled to come from the Master Settlement Agreement (tobacco lawsuit).
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Please click here to read my story.
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 First-Ever Conference Focused on Smoke-Free Choices in Apartments took place at University of Southern California, (Los Angeles, CA)  April 14, 2005. To see the original press release and contact information for future conferences - click here.


Success Stories:

4/04:  A condo owner from San Diego in a large building has requested information.  She believes due to the small number of smokers in the building the association will want to make the transition to smoke-free status.

2/15/04: We have received a request from an HOA in Seattle, WA, for information on how to have a smoke-free condo association.  I consider this a success in that they are asking the right questions.

2/9/04: According to Esther Schiller of the Smokefree Apartment House Registry in a condo association in Malibu, CA, the Board is fining the owner who is smoking outside and causing a nuisance to another owner.

2002:
  A condo association in Studio City, CA, create and filed the necessary documents to make their property 100% smoke-free (guests are grandparented in until ownership changes);

2002:  We assisted one condo (time-share) in Corpus Christi, TX with information that led to the creation of a smoke-free section (8 out of 12 adjoining units are now smoke-free);
 

[A
Corpus Christi, TX, condo owner explained to me that her asthma is so severe the expoure to tobacco smoke had actually caused her to stop breathing twice at which time her husband, fortunately a paramedic, had revived her and taken her to the hospital for immediate treatment.

People were smoking inside the units, and they were unable to use the condos.  Her husband, on the Board of Directors, discussed the problem with other owners and found the percentage of smokers to be small, and it was agreed there would be a change in the rules. They chose to make four corner units the "smoking section," and declared the remainder of the property as 100% smokefree.  They then moved all furniture, bedding, draperies, etc. that had been contaminated by the smoke to those four units.

They believe everyone is very happy with this arrangement.]
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 Smoke-Free Condo (& apartment) links by state or go to the
Smoke-Free Housing Consultants Web site.


California:
http://www.smokefreeapartments.org/ (grant funded services)
Michigan:
http://mismokefreeapartment.org/ (grant funded services)
Minnesota: http://www.ansrmn.org/toppage1.htm (grant funded services)

Texas (and all other states not listed above)
                
 
jacque@smokinghurts.com (non-funded)

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