Step 1: Document the Problem

  • Determine the source of the secondhand smoke.
    • Keep a log of when and where you smell smoke. 
      • When do you smell smoke: all the time, only in the evening or morning? 
      • Where is the smoke entering your unit? 
      • Where do you think it is coming from? 
  • Make a list of the solutions you've tried already. 
    • What steps have you taken? 
      • Fans, air fresheners, and other “smoke eaters” will only mask the problem, but trying some temporary solutions may help illustrate the situation to your landlord.
  • Talk with your neighbors. 
    • Are your nonsmoking and rule abiding neighbors experiencing the same problem? 
      Will they talk to the landlord with you? 
    • Consider talking to your neighbor about their smoking and voicing your concerns. 

              Focus on solutions, such as asking them to smoke outside and away from the building.

  • Keep track of all symptoms and illnesses. 
    • Document any health problems you and your family are experiencing as a result of secondhand smoke in your apartment. 
      • Health problems may include ear infections, sore throats, asthma attacks, and bronchitis. 
      • Ask your health care provider to write a letter stating that the secondhand smoke causes you and/or your family to be sick and why.