If you live in an apartment, you’re sharing more than just laundry rooms and mailboxes. You’re sharing air.
Air moves through buildings, and if someone is smoking, that smoke cannot be controlled by fans, ventilation, or separating smokers from non-smokers. Secondhand smoke travels through air ducts, stairways, walls, and floors into your rooms. That smoke can cause heart attacks, cancer, and is especially harmful to children.
Before signing a lease agreement, ask whether the whole building is smoke-free. If it isn't, encourage the landlord or managment company to make it smoke-free.
Find out more about what you can do.