Coalition members believe it is important for smokers, representatives
of the tobacco industry, elected politicians and other officials, and business
leaders to understand the dangers of second-hand cigarette smoke, officially
referred to as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).
Many nonsmokers, as well as smokers, are unaware the risks of ETS. Children,
in particular, comprise a group that is at high risk. These innocent victims
cannot control the quality of their environment. They are unaware the consequences
of an unhealthy environment. As dependents, they are unable to free themselves
from these dangerous and deadly toxins.
This effort focuses on issues of tobacco and second-hand tobacco smoke,
yet our efforts include all substances that pose a health risk to apartment
The law is clear that individuals maintain no legal or constitutional right to smoke,
even in one's dwelling, according to John Banzhaf, professor of law at George
Washington University and director of Action on
Smoking and Health (ASH).
Owners of multi-dwelling units, apartments and townhouses have the authority
to set standards for how their buildings are to be used. Landlords are free
to refuse to allow smoking, just as they are free to refuse to rent to people
with pets. It is a matter of preservation of property.
The coalition is directed by Scott Goold.
CCAA headquarters are located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their
mailing address is:
4513 Oahu Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111