I live at 1 West Penn Street in Carlisle. In this apartment complex, there are five floors and approximately 130 tenants. The majority of the tenants are non-smokers, but there are smokers who have lived there for years.
The second-hand smoke comes into our non-smoker apartments through our vents, under our doors, and in open windows. It also has seeped into our common areas and hallways. Some of the residents are ill with COPD, are on oxygen and cannot breathe effectively with the smoke.
I am not financially able to move from this building at this time. I sent a petition around the building and received 97 signatures for a complete non-smoking building. I’ve gone to the management a few times with the second-hand smoke issue, talked about it at monthly building meetings, and have even gone to the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority for some help and guidance about changing this building to a non-smoking living area.
I am now asking for local doctors to help and the use of their expert opinion in fighting our second-hand smoke issue.
Please contact the housing authority acknowledging how second-hand smoke can affect our health and that you support our fight. I am trying everything that I can think of to help our cause.
I really want to help my sick neighbors and keep myself healthy in the process. I am only 65, and want to continue to live a healthy life.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, and thank you in advance for your support.