Sunday, 3 April 2011

Sydney apartment block goes non-smoking

From Forest, the story of making an apartment block smoke-free in Syndey, Australia. Even the balconies will be out of bounds for the purpose of smoking.

The report does not specify that the blocks are public or subsidised housing, but this clearly leaves detached housing dwellers far better off in terms of freedom from personal constraints. Yet again the less well off pull the short straw. And all for the good of their health?

The idea that smoke can get from one apartment to another invites scepticism, to say the least. There is no reason to believe that direct passive smoke exposure elevates risk significantly after a lifetime. Causing harm to people in another apartment is a degree or two less likely. And any apartment reckoned to leak smoke from one apartment to another should be investigated by building control.

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