Non-smokers need more protection at home

I applaud the National Environment Agency (NEA) for its continual efforts to protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

Unfortunately, this protection is lacking at home.

When I moved into my new place in December last year, I found that my neighbours directly beside and below my unit are heavy smokers.

As a result, my family of four, including two children aged eight and four, have to suffer the cigarette smoke blown into our home from our neighbours' balconies every day.

We have purchased air purifiers/ionisers, and closed our windows, but the pungent cigarette smoke still manages to seep through. This jeopardises our health.

I implore NEA to consider extending the smoking ban to open private areas, such as balconies or near windows, or implement more drastic measures to reduce the number of smokers in Singapore.

I am hopeful that NEA will continue to fight for the well-being of non-smokers.

Alex Chai Wei Yep

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2016, with the headline 'Non-smokers need more protection at home'. Print Edition | Subscribe