Tom Simplot, Special to The Republic
The Arizona Republic
October 24, 2014
Heading to the balcony to smoke a cigarette may not be enough anymore. More and more we are seeing apartment-management companies and individual owners banning or restricting smoking.
The reasons for these bans start with a respect for neighbors and the health and welfare of all residents.
The rationale for banning/limiting smoking can be financial as well. The smell of smoke can linger long after the butt is out. It clings to carpets and upholstery and can even permeate wallpaper and blinds. Cleaning these units for a new tenant can be expensive and time-consuming. Many operators also reported additional housekeeping in common areas where smokers would leave ashes and cigarette butts. And we have all seen how smoking can be a fire hazard.
Owners and managers today can enforce smoking rules and impose fines. As always, it’s important to check your lease. Management must also enforce Smoke Free Arizona rules.
•Individual units: In apartment communities, each individual housing unit is considered a private residence, and so smoking may be allowed within the home unless expressly stated in the lease. If your apartment home or condo is privately owned, your owner/manager may have rules about smoking. Read the rest of this entry »
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Students from the Trevor Browne High School STAND Coalition met with Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Deputy Parks & Recreation Director Tracee Crockett to discuss their proposal to implement a smoke-free parks policy in Phoenix. Ms. Crockett provided the coalition with some advice to help them move their policy efforts forward.
Arizona Capitol Times: By: Hank Stephenson, October 20, 2014, 7:12am
The devastating recent state budget projections have some lawmakers eyeing additional taxes on e-cigarettes as a new source of revenue that could help bridge the $1 billion projected deficit by nextyear.
As the popularity of electronic cigarettes has skyrocketed in recent years, the issues of regulation and
taxation have become points of contention at state capitals across the nation, with dozens of states considering legislation related to e-cigarettes last year alone.
Electronic cigarettes use battery electricity to heat coils that heat liquid nicotine, which users inhale as a vapor. They
come in two basic styles: disposable or cartridge-based tubes that resemble cigarettes in appearance and are sold
at convenience stores, and larger, higher-end inhaler devices that users refill with liquid nicotine are sold at “vape
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