Naomi Baker launched a petition to ban smoking from multi-unit strata buildings that has gained support from residents in similar situations, anti-smoking lobbying groups, an association representing landlords and health-care professionals.
A woman with lung disease was exposed to drifting smoke from a neighbouring condominium unit. Her complaints were not remedied. The BC Human Rights Tribunal ruled that this violated the Human Rights Code and ordered the strata cease the contravention and pay $7,500.
Recent surges in youth and young adult experimentation with vaping threaten to hook a whole new generation on nicotine, and no surprise given how perilously easy products are to obtain, say Clean Air Coalition of BC partners.
While the opioid-overdose epidemic is a major focus of concern, it is worth recalling that it is not the most important cause of addiction-related deaths in Canada or even in B.C., the epicentre of the opioid epidemic.