Yesterday Mayor Bloomberg
that would require city landlords, co-ops and condos to write down their smoking policy and give it to prospective buyers and renters so they know what to expect. proposed a law
The bill does not ban smoking inside individual apartments; that's still up to each building.
But smokers shouldn't necessarily breathe easier.
In a hint earlier this week that more such bans will be forthcoming, the influential Real Estate Board of New York
. issued guidelines to its members that explain how to go about implementing building-wide smoking bans
It's legal if implemented properly, but is it fair?
Some people (presumably, the 14% of New Yorkers who still smoke) believe that puffing away at home is no different from frying fish or vacuuming in the nude.
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Problem is, smoke is
, and it's not just gross: It's actually harmful to the health of neighbors. notoriously difficult to contain inside an apartment
On top of that, nothing--not even fried cod or a teenager with a drum set--cuts off property values at the knees like a smoke-filled hallway.
For a rundown on this week's secondhand smoke news, check out
We've rounded up our previous secondhand smoke coverage below. this handy wrap-up on CurbedNY. Related: 13 NYC apartment buildings that have totally banned smoking Key ingredients of condo smoking ban: Family-sized apartments and resale value Does it pay to live in a non-smoking building? Dealing with a chainsmoking neighbor, when an $1,100 air purifier isn't enough Smoking bans advance in co-ops and condos Tipping point for smoke bans in co-ops, condos? Renters score secondhand smoke victory