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Smoke Free is Catching Fire

Every day, more public spaces become off limits to smokers.  Some smokers-if they’re lucky-can find designated outdoor smoking areas.  So we’ve nearly eliminated the problem of secondhand smoke.  Great.  Except now we have to contend with third hand smoke.  What?

WHAT IS THIRD HAND SMOKE?

The odor of a smoker’s most recent cigarette can remain for a few minutes or much longer.  It lingers because chemicals emitted in the smoke have settled on the person’s clothes and hair.  Those chemicals transfer from the smoker to upholstery, draperies, carpeting and rugs, wallpaper, lampshades, wood cabinetry and other furnishings.  In any room or vehicle, or even elevators and stairwells, where smokers enter, reside, move about or sit regularly, the amount of chemical residue from their just-smoked cigarettes or other nicotine products accumulates.  This residue, which can adhere for months to almost every surface, is what scientists call third-hand smoke.  Managers of communities that have party rooms, lobbies and other enclosed spaces with designated-or even formerly designated-smoking areas should be aware that third-hand smoke can be lethal. 

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NY: Smoking Bans Hitting Home

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

New York has been taking an increasingly tough stance toward smoking, but virtually all residential buildings have drawn the line at telling people they can’t smoke in their own apartments.
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NC: 12 families displaced by Myers Park fire

News items of national interest regarding Condominium and Homeowner associations, compiled by the Community Associations Network

Hannan credited the city’s smoke alarm ordinance for the department’s quick response. He said four units at Queens Station were damaged extensively and 12 families were displaced because of smoke, fire and water damage.
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