New York City may get even tougher on cigarette smokers, as some residential buildings may soon try to prevent people from lighting up in their own homes.
At least six Manhattan co-ops are expected to bring up the issue during annual shareholders meetings this spring and then vote on an all-out smoking ban. According to the Wall Street Journal, another dozen co-op and condominiums are also considering a vote.
Most co-ops require at least two-thirds of all shares to vote in favor of an issue before it can pass, reported the newspaper. While New York City only has a small percentage of smokers - the city health department says only 16 percent of residents characterize themselves as smokers - some believe it would still be difficult to pass such a measure. Jeff Reich, a real estate attorney, told the newspaper that some are concerned a ban would lower property values. Others believe it would infringe on the privacy rights of smokers and non-smokers alike.
Cigarettes are infamously detrimental to a person's health, and will likely result in expensive health and life insurance rates. Even non-smokers are susceptible to the health risks, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that even secondhand smoke exposure can cause heart disease and lung cancer.