- [Letter to Greenbriar Townhouses, Inc.]
- January 22, 1999
- CONTACT: Scott Goold at 505.293.2504
- Tobacco kills more Americans each year than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin,
car accidents, homicide, suicide, fires, and AIDS combined.
- The Greenbriar Townhouses, Inc.
- Teddy Margolis, President
- Sharon Nolen, RCM
- 1212 Nakomis Dr. NE
- Albuquerque, NM 87112
- Dear Greenbriar Townhouses Management:
Our organization is writing to you due to a reported incident concerning Ms. X and
Mr. Y (names withheld). We have in our possession a copy of the letter you sent
to these individuals dated December 9, 1998. We are a community-based action coalition.
Our goal is to seek peaceful solutions to smoking-related disputes.
We were disappointed to find that you believe that everyone who lives in your
complex has a right to smoke. We try to remain current with laws and local ordinances,
but we are unaware of any existing New Mexico statute, local city ordinance or
constitutional provision either within the New Mexico Constitution or U.S. Constitution
that guarantees an individual the right to smoke.
We are aware of the horrible illnesses and disease associated with cigarette smoking.
We fully believe that the tobacco industry has furthered malicious and unethical practices
that have led to the addition and premature death of many millions of Americans.
As we are not lawyers, we cannot comment directly on the fact that your organization
has classified the activities of Ms. X and Mr. Y as matters of harassment. We do
believe the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does provide that citizens may engage
in peaceful discussion and assembly. Are you suggesting that they do not have such privileges
within the complex?
Ms. X has told us that she suffers from severe allergies and is asthmatic. There
are provisions that protect such individuals under the Americans with Disabilities Act. We
hope that you are being fully sensitive to these issues.
We ask that you reconsider your position with these two fine individuals. We hope that you
all may find a middle ground and that there is no further need for discussion of fines
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.
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