Smoke-Free Condos: How We Restricted Smoking Inside Condominium Units & Stopped Secondhand Smoke

Called the Gold Standard for Smoke Free Living

I worked for the American Lung Association under a health initiative designed to restrict smoking inside condo units. Dr. Joyce Starr’s work is the gold standard on how to successfully make these changes. – Matt C.

I bought this book, read it cover to cover and urge condo owners concerned about second hand smoke to do the same. I’m the President of GASP-Florida (Group Against Smoker’s Pollution) and have worked in this area for decades. This book is truly a breath of fresh air for our members and for all who suffer from second hand smoke in condominiums and homeowners associations. It’s the perfect guide for condo owners who desire a smoke free environment.” – Rita Zemlock

Do you long for a smoke free condominium? Do you wish you could convince your condo board to restrict smoking inside units? Finally, a step-by-step guide.

Dr. Joyce Starr fought a four year battle against secondhand smoke in her condo association. After numerous setbacks, she was elected to her condo board, and thereafter as treasurer, where she led the effort to amend the Declaration to restrict smoking inside units and to define secondhand smoke as a nuisance. A single misstep could have undermined the entire endeavor. According to available records, her medium-sized complex was the first in Florida to amend the Governing Declaration for this purpose. The challenges and hurdles faced – and overcome – are vividly presented.

Smoke-free condo advocates typically confront fierce opposition, including personal threats. For the author, backing down or letting others undermine the goal was not an option. Prior foes became supporters and one determined ally helped bring the vote across the finish line.

“It was an uphill fight until the very last vote was counted, with a colorful cast of proponents, doubters and vigorous opponents. Naysayers warned that we would fail in the best of times, let alone during a difficult economy. Opponents stated with certainty that we would be sued and lose.”

Smoke-Free Condos is a crucial resource for condo owners suffering from secondhand smoke, condo and HOA boards, law firms, nonprofit organizations promoting smoke-free policies and government agencies.

Starr addresses recent case and state law on secondhand smoke, the Law of Nuisance, Quiet Enjoyment of Property and amendment procedures. She describes key tasks, amendment milestones and costs. The book was featured on the Carter Center 2014 newsletter – right between Jimmy Carter’s book and the memoir of former Secretary of Defense Bill Gates.

Smoke-Free Condos is a must-have guide for smoke free living in multifamily housing. Author of 17 books, Dr. Joyce Starr is a sought-after condo rights expert and public speaker. Her works include: Defend Your Condo & Homeowner Rights and Secondhand Smoke Crimes.

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