Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Smoking at home can be "legal nuisance"

From the 6/22/05 CS Monitor:
Even home isn't haven for smokers By Deborah Lynn Blumberg
What if a smoking habit meant not only going outside on work breaks, but getting kicked out of your home? Wednesday, 06/22/05 CS Monitor

That's what happened to Erin Carey and Ted Baar, a couple evicted from their Boston condo after neighbors complained that excessive cigarette smoke was seeping into their apartments. In what experts are calling one of the first cases of its kind in the United States, a Boston housing court jury upheld the eviction, even though their lease did not prohibit smoking. Ms. Carey and Mr. Baar's heavy smoking - one pack a day each - was a nuisance to neighbors, much like excessive noise, the jury found. Read more...