I moved into a senior citizen, no smoking building over three years ago. I live on a fifth-floor handicap unit, due to asthma, (diagnosed around age 27, COPD as nonsmoker), wheelchair-bound occasionally from arthritis. After a leak and mold issues, which caused major health issues, my neighbor across the hall smokes. The toxic fumes permeate the hallway, comes into my apartment and to the elevator, even to the end of the hall. Needless to say, everybody has complained to management and above with no help. Along with my regular meds, I am diagnosed with eosinophil asthma. My quality of life is 1. Since most of last year, the toxins have intensified as my neighbor continues to smoke. These toxins are invisible. There are smokers on several floors with people complaining and becoming ill with sinus infections, allergies and like me serious respiratory issues. On Dec. 27 I was in the emergency room for seven hours. I am now on powerful meds, 4. for asthma, 3 for my eyes, as these medicines increase glaucoma problems I already had, not to mention other side effects. The manager says we have to SEE the people smoking in their apartment or she is looking for yellow walls, she never smells what the residents of this 12 story building are telling her. No one will hear or help us, state, local, federal or building owners because they don’t understand the invisible toxins that cigarettes produce.
First published: January 14, 2021