Should smokers be banned from lighting up on the balcony of their apartments? The concerns surrounding this very delicate issue were highlighted in the report by Global Access Partners on Strata Laws.
The report to the NSW State Government noted thousands of complaints from owners and tenants residing in units of strata communities. Complaints ranged from “discontent residents with the need to close their doors and windows due to smoke entering their homes” and “health risks with tobacco smoke being a highly toxic carcinogenic airborne contaminant.”
Health and wellbeing concerns from the NSW Cancer Council also noted, “Risks to health from second hand tobacco smoke exposure, even at low dosage levels, are well established by medical research evidence and the law should protect people against smoke penetrating their own homes.”
The controversy surrounding smoking in strata is huge, especially when considering campaigners against tobacco are trying to stop a person doing something that is legal and in their own home. This often causes unnecessary arguments between smokers and non-smokers.
The debate to ban smoking in a strata scheme is a complicated one. It’s difficult to determine who holds the higher ground here: concerned, health wary non-smokers? Or smokers with a right to do as they please in their home?
If you are affected by cigarette smoke in your home, SSKB would recommend the following:
If neither of the above provides resolve to your problem, contact your community manager to discuss a harmonious solution to suit your whole community.