Multi building units to be declared smoke free zonesExposure to secondary smoking has continued to increase in apartments and thus the need to regulate it.

One thing that needs to be brought into light is that up to a quarter of Americans are renting out multi-unit houses, but the problem is that they are sharing not only some of the amenities such as the hallway, but also exposure to any kind of smell that could be emanating from a neighbor’s apartment such as secondary smoking. According to Dr. Tim McAfee who is the director of the US CDC in the office of smoking and health, he insisted that individual studies conducted to substantiate the effects presented by second hand smoking can be detrimental. While there are various methodologies that had been set to substantiate this course, the best way to protect those people in apartment buildings has been connected with improved state and city laws according to McAfee.

Why is it crucial to regulate smoking in shared places?

Protecting home inhabitants can be spearheaded by complete prohibition of smoking in all units either in the blocks or other shared areas that expose none smokers to secondary smoke from the smokers. The involuntary exposure not only affects the other person negatively, but it is also a catastrophe waiting to happen.  This is why most US cities according to McAfee seem to be narrowing on the same Path in order to control smoking even if it means banning the habit form apartments. Since those people that do not necessarily anticipate to be within the same timeline are finding themselves in a difficult position.

While in the past secondary smoking was regarded as inert posing no danger to the third party, recent findings have indicated that the damage extended to the party is not that different to that extended to the smoker. When some apartments are allowed to have smokers rent apartments, such as have tenants who prefer apartments that authorize smoking, it can suggest that those tenants that would prefer the opposite seek alternatives from buildings or apartments that do not allow smoking. That difference might seem large but on the positive side, smoking would have been regulated substantially especially in public places and other shared areas.

The research study and findings thereof

In the US, there are more than 79 million people living in apartments, and about 62.7 million of those numbers are not okay with smoking. The secondhand smoke also referred to as the known human carcinogen has continuously been linked to cancers of all kinds including lung and cancer of the voice box and throat respectively. Cancer of the brain, cancer of the bladder, the rectum as well as the stomach and breast cancer have also been associated thus why the need to protect innocent victims has grown to a debate against smokers.