Condo owners at 1 Grand Army Plaza voted overwhelmingly in favor of the smoking ban. The only place people can light up is on their own private terraces.
“There were a few units that were really bad. There were a few people who were chain smoking and something had to be done, because it was really wrecking the quality of life of neighbors,” said condo-board president, Dennis Sughrue.
In addition to not being allowed to smoke in apartments, public areas, including the roof deck, are also off limits. Anyone caught smoking in the wrong place will face a fine, which has yet to be determined.
Supporters, taking their cue from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ever expanding anti-smoking crusade, saw it was possible to eliminate smoke from where they live.
“We have a lot of young children, and I don’t think they should have to suffer from second-hand smoke,” said condo owner Lucy James, who voted for the ban.
Glenda Garrick also voted with the majority, but continues to have mixed feelings about the new policy.
“I feel that it’s a little unfair because it’s something unexpected and it really means that somebody [a smoker] has to sell their condo or try to stop smoking, which is a personal right,” Garrick said.