A FLAMING TWAT

by Ross Sharp

Here is a letter from today’s Sydney Morning Herald

How is it legal? My young family lives in an inner-city area in an apartment with a balcony. We recently celebrated the birth of our daughter who was welcomed home by our one-year-old son.

Not long after we got home, our upstairs neighbours lit up a cigarette on their balcony and the smoke from their cigarette drifted in through all of our bedroom windows and open balcony doors.

It frustrates me that smoking, a known health hazard is allowed in high density areas. This is particularly so when the smoker exits their apartment because they don’t want the toxic smoke to damage their property and smoke on their balcony only to have their smoke enter ours.

Over these hot summer days I’ve been opening all the windows in the hope that a cool breeze will blow through – instead every 1.5 hours we all passively smoke a cigarette, including my daughter who isn’t yet one month old.

With young children, passive smoking is linked to childhood illnesses including leukaemia and cot death. How is it possible that blowing toxic smoke in through a neighbour’s apartment is legal?

Lara Adams Chippendale

A most touching tale of family, an inspiring celebration of newborn life, and a heartfelt request for consideration and civility amidst the crowded chaos of contemporary urban life.

But … unless Ms. Adams’ upstairs neighbour is hanging upside-down over their balcony railing whilst having a puff, it behoves me to point out to the dear lady that their smoke will drift UP.

You silly, twitching little thrushbucket.

 

(Cross-posted from Groupthink)

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