Health department pushes for Nashville apartments to go smoke free

Courtesy: Metro Health Department

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – While some residents agree with the Metro Public Health Department’s push to make local apartments smoke free, others disagree, saying they should be able to do what they want in their own space.

Nikki Plotts told News 2 she doesn’t smoke, but some of her neighbors do at her Nashville apartment complex.

“It’s causing my entire complex to smell like smoke,” said Plotts.

Recently the health department released photos of a smoker’s apartment. (Courtesy: Metro Health Department)

Plotts said it is a problem that she is concerned about, not only for herself, but for others as well.

“Second hand smoke is a concern. There is a lot of children in our complex, so if I had a child that would be a concern for me,” she said.

Plotts told News 2 she supports the movement “Breathe Easy Nashville” campaign that was recently launched by the Metro Public Health Department.

The department is helping properties transition to becoming smoke-free and educating property managers about the consequences of smoking in multi-unit homes.

Kathy Sanchez works in the healthcare industry and shared her perspective with News 2.

“When you are in communal living, like a condo or apartment, your neighbors are exposed to your smoke and I don’t think that is right,” said Sanchez.

However, not everyone wants Nashville apartments to ban smoking.

Others told News 2 residents should be able to do what they want in the space they live in.

“If it’s your own apartment, it’s not a hotel room that someone is about to come into, I don’t think that makes too much sense,” Nashville resident Lizzy Katz said.

Nashville resident Katherine Newman added, “You should be able to do what you want. Smoking isn’t against the law in the privacy of your own home.”

So far, two apartment buildings, Fallbrook Apartments on Dickerson Pike and Riverwood Towers in Madison, have agreed to phase out smoking beginning January 1.

About 200,000 people currently live in apartments or condos in Nashville.

That number is expected to grow with the development boom.