Re: "Global warming, Al Gore and freaky storms prove the time is now to build sustainable, energy-wise communities", The Ottawa Citizen, Saturday, March 3, 2007Minto vice-president Robert Greenberg says that as a builder and developer he has a responsibility to build greener homes that will help protect the environment.
The Ottawa Council on Smoking and Health couldn't agree more and we urge Mr. Greenberg and all local developers to make their new environmentally friendly, energy-wise, greener homes 100% smoke-free.
Involuntary exposure to drifting second-hand smoke in condominiums, apartment buildings, town houses, and other housing units is a serious health concern. The Ottawa Council on Smoking and Health receives complaints from individuals living in multiple-dwelling units whose health is adversely affected by drifting second-hand smoke. Many tenants and condominium owners resort to duct taping front doors, electrical plugs and heat vents in a futile attempt to block out the second-hand smoke that drifts in from other apartment units. These individuals are frustrated and they don't understand why they are protected from second-hand smoke in public places and work places, yet they cannot get the same level of protection from their landlords and property managers.
According to the City of Ottawa Health Status, released by Ottawa Public Health last year, only 10.8% of adults reported being daily smokers. Since the vast majority of Ottawa residents are smoke-free, and given that the evidence regarding the harmful effects of second-hand smoke is irrefutable, the Ottawa Council on Smoking and Health strongly advocates for a smoke-free clause in tenancy agreements. We hope that Mr. Greenberg and other local developers will take heed of the growing demand for smoke-free multiple-dwelling units and build smoke-free homes that are truly "greener" and environmentally-friendly.
Ottawa Council on Smoking and Health