Research clearly shows that smoking (including second-hand smoke) is a serious health concern. Health effects include lung cancer, asthma, respiratory diseases, and a host of other ailments. In particular, smoking is a concern in multi-unit structures where second-hand smoke travels through the building’s hallways, ventilation system, under doorways, and any unsealed area.
Most condominium corporations do not have any restrictions with regards to smoking in their By-Laws or Common Element Rules. And the New Brunswick Condominium Property Act (Chapter C-16.05) does not address smoking in condominiums. So, how can a condominium corporation facilitate change for a smoke-free building? The answer is to create a smoke-free building policy and include it in your condominium corporation’s documents. In New Brunswick, a smoke-free policy can be included in the Common Elements Rules. Continue reading