Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Proposed County Law Takes Aim at Reducing Secondhand Smoke in Multi-family Residences

From The Suffolk Times 

A proposed county law would clarify smoking regulations by further cracking down on the potential for secondhand smoke in multi-family residences.

The proposed law would amend a chapter of the county’s code to prohibit smoking in areas like balconies and patios, where secondhand smoke can be pulled into a building’s ventilation system. The law will be the subject of a public hearing Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The Suffolk County Legislature discussed the proposal at Thursday’s meeting.

Smoking is already prohibited in a wide range of facilities, including schools and places of work, as well as common areas of multi-family residences and areas in close proximity to entrances.

During the public portion of the meeting, Paulette Orlando, community engagement specialist of the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, highlighted the “millions of nonsmokers [who] continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke in areas not covered by smoke-free laws or policies, including the very homes where they live.”

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