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November 1, 2017

New York Law Journal

By: Eva C. Talel

Since at least 2006, when the Surgeon General issued a report concluding that exposure to second-hand smoke can cause or exacerbate heart disease, lung cancer, strokes, and respiratory ailments, boards and managers have struggled with how to deal with second-hand smoke issues in their buildings.

This article discusses the 2017 New York City legislation which obligates boards to adopt a smoking policy within one year, and federal legislation which requires implementation of a smoking ban in public housing apartments and adjacent outdoor space by mid-2018.  It also provides guidance to boards and managers in establishing a smoking policy and limiting the proliferation of second-hand  smoke in co-op and condominium buildings.

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