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Smoking Policies

The Smoke Free Air Act

The Smoke-Free air act, signed into law in 2002, made smoking illegal in most indoor places, including bars, restaurants, clubs, offices, and many other areas in New york City. In 2011, the city council expanded the law to ban smoking in parks, beaches, pools, and other areas run by the city parks department. By august of this year, all residential buildings, including co-ops and condos, were required to create and post a written policy stating where smoking is permitted or prohibited. The regulation does not prohibit smoking within apartments, nor does it require that any specific bans be included in a building’s policy. Rather, it’s a disclosure statute, enacted so that prospective purchasers can make an informed decision as to whether a building’s policy is one they can live with.


"Smoking has become a prevalent problem throughout New York City, and a number of co-op and condo boards have had to deal with it. You may think it’s not an issue, but at some point it will be. Pay attention, plan in advance, and avoid a problem before it happens."

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