We Pennsylvanians understand that we're not allowed to smoke in restaurants and bars anymore -- but what about in your apartment? The State Department of Health is encouraging landlords to eliminate smoking altogether. In PA, 113 multi-unit housing sites have banned smoking inside and outside of all units. This means that even lighting up in your car on the premises could potentially be grounds for eviction. Though this seems shocking, the state has made what many consider a compelling argument for landlords and property managers. Healthier? First, the ban saves other tenants from the dangers of second-hand smoke. In many complexes, smoke from one apartment can drift into the unit next-to or above it. This is an inconvenience for non-smokers as well as a health risk. The same problem occurs in outside common areas -- who hasn't occasionally been forced to step through a cloud of smoke when entering or exiting a building?
April 14, 2014