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Hello,I'm a mom with asthma,I also have kids with asthma.

I am going through a bit of a struggle because of second hand smoke.I live in apt. and I have neighbors who smoke constantly.I have complained several times and nothing.I have lost sleep over it because smelling cigarette smoke is irritating.my kid's have been sick on and off because of it.my manager try to blow me off and tell me it was my apartment that smells,the nerve I what I sleep and I know it is very harmful to my kids and I…….

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  • Kathy P

    Ugh I'm sorry about the second hand smoke. Who have you talked to – the neighbors who smoke or the apartment manager?

    I don't know if there is anything here that will help, but I heard a commercial for Tobacco Free CA. I decided to check it out because I remembered a couple other members have issues with second hand smoke from neighbors. They have a toolkit for renters - 

  • K8sMom2002

    Welcome @Sneezy79 … that sounds extremely frustrating. What ways have you already tried to fix this? Maybe we can help you brainstorm other possibilities. 

    Tobacco smoke is really hard for me — an instant trigger for an asthma attack. And we live in the south, where it seems loads of people (even young people) smoke.

  • ChristieVazquez

    Found this on no-smoke.org, asthma is considered a protected disability under ADA. 

    Discrimination Under Federal Fair Housing Act

    The Fair Housing Act provides protection against housing discrimination for those with disabilities. Reasonable accommodation must be made to afford equal opportunity in the use and enjoyment of dwelling units and common areas. The Act has been successfully extended to those with sensitivities to tobacco smoke. In an unreported case in California, a nonsmoker requested that smoking be eliminated in the clubhouse and other common use areas of a private mobile home park. She filed a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. After an investigation, the facility agreed to eliminate smoking in the common areas.3

  • K8sMom2002

    That's really interesting, @ChristieVazquez! Do you have a link to that so that @Sneezy79 can follow up on that idea?

  • ChristieVazquez

    @K8sMom2002 & @Sneezy79

    Sure! I have also provided additional links with relevant information. 

    Where I found the original post info: 

    Discrimination Under Federal Fair Housing Act: 

    Asthma and Allergies Disabilities: