Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that a couple in an Upper West Side apartment building had sued their neighbor for polluting the indoor air with cigarette smoke.
Plantiffs Jonathen Selbin and his wife Jenny said that they sued their neighbor Galila Huff because Huff’s smoke was seeping into their condo and jeopardizing the health of their young son.
Because of this story’s publicity, Electrolux decided to donate air filters in hopes of settling the dispute. Indeed, the donated air quality equipment was instrumental in settling the case. Huff agreed to use the Electrolux air cleaner, and they soon settled out of court.
While some people believe that the Selbins overreacted by suing their neighbor, others insist that they had the right to protect their child in their own home. Numerous studies show the negative health impacts of second-hand smoke, especially for young children.
“She agreed to use the donated air filters and a smokeless ashtray, which is all we ever asked her to do,” Mr. Selbin said.
If you live in an apartment building, consider the effects of your habits on the indoor health of other residents. Smoke outdoors when possible; when indoors, air purifiers for smoke will eliminate harmful chemicals as well as cigarette odors. These special air purifiers contain standard particle filters plus activated carbon filters to absorb smoke and odor. If you’re a smoker, remember that a little common courtesy goes a long way – and it may even keep you from getting sued!