The first and foremost reason for a smoke-free condominium is clean indoor air.

Second-hand smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other sources does not respect boundaries and stay within private units. Toxic second-hand smoke travels throughout buildings which causes health and other problems for other residents.

How does second-hand smoke get from one unit to another?
Due to differences in air pressure between units, between floors and between the inside and outside of a building, air (and second-hand smoke) can transfer through a variety of leakage paths:

From a neighbour’s patio or balcony, or from outdoor common areas;

  • Through open windows or doors;
  • Through electrical outlets, cable or phone jacks, or ceiling fixtures;
  • Through cracks and gaps around sinks, countertops, windows, doors, floors, walls or dropped ceilings; and
  • Through the ventilation or forced air system.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has published a useful fact sheet on air transfer called Solving Odour Transfer Problems in Your Apartment.

Global TV News covered the story of smoking in British Columbia Condos in June 2015

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