Stuck with a neighbour's second-hand smoke

Some back proposed ban on smoking near home windows, others say it invades privacy

A man smoking at the window of a Housing Board flat in Toa Payoh in April. Complaints about second-hand smoke in residential areas have recently risen, according to the Municipal Services Office.
A man smoking at the window of a Housing Board flat in Toa Payoh in April. Complaints about second-hand smoke in residential areas have recently risen, according to the Municipal Services Office.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

At 6am, when Mrs Doris Tan and her husband rouse two of their three children from sleep to get ready for school, they are greeted by smoke that drifts into the master bedroom of their five-room Housing Board flat in Hougang.

The source - cigarette smoke from the neighbour living in the unit directly above them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 11, 2020, with the headline 'Mixed smoke signals'. Print Edition | Subscribe