LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) – A petition to ban smoking in B.C. Condo’s, started by a mom in Langley, is taking a major step forward as an MLA has promised to take it to Victoria.
After dealing with second-hand smoke in her unit since 2016, Naomie Baker decided to start a petition in the summer to ban smoking in condos.
Baker says she and her family have appealed to their strata for help, and say they have done everything they can to keep the smell of smoke out of their unit but to no avail.
“We’ve sealed off every part of the unit we can, we’ve replaced our ceiling fan with a heavy duty fan, we’ve tried approaching the neighbour downstairs, that wasn’t accesssible,” she says.
Baker says the issue became even more apparent when they arrive home from the hospital with their newborn and found the apartment smelled like an ashtray. So she decided something had to be done.
Her petition has gathered more than 13,000 signatures, and now Langley Liberal MLA Mary Polak is taking it to the legislature.
“It’s really exciting times, and every day is a new challenge and an exciting step forward,” Baker adds. “We have been so incredibly blown away by just how many people are reaching out, how many people are expressing their hope, their renewed desire to help and move this forward.”
Baker says the response has been overwhelming, noting she’s heard from other people in similar situations that are hopeful change is on the way.
She says anyone interested can sign the petition until the end of January