My blog is not a place for whining and complaining, but today I'm making an exception because I need to talk about secondhand smoke. We all know (or are supposed to know) how harmful secondhand smoke is, and I'm particularly affected as I am specifically allergic to tobacco smoke. I have even had sinus surgery due to the effects of secondhand smoke, and I quite intentionally avoid smokers (even outdoors) whenever possible, which is usually easy because I simply stay away from them.
But I live in a townhouse. And my next door neighbors (four adults) smoke. On their front steps. Three feet from my front windows. Which must remain closed. Despite the fact that it is an uber-beautiful spring day and I would love to have the windows open.
I will admit that it's been an adjustment living so close to complete strangers. The noise from door slamming and pounding up the stairs, well, it's all part of sharing a wall. Bikes and junk left in my front yard, well, I just move them over the property line if no one else is outside. But the smoke truly bothers me and I don't know that anything can be done about it. I mean, my neighbors certainly have the right to smoke on their property. And smoking laws (secondhand smoke) do not apply to residential buildings except in a few cities in North America.
So I feel stuck with the smoke. And closed windows. During all the nice weather.
I haven't even told you how the smoke seeps thought the vents unto our home during the winter...
What would you do, if anything?