A smoking ban that doesn't break rules

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Q: We operate a fourplex and have decided to prohibit smoking entirely — in common areas, such as the halls and lobby, as well as individual units. Current tenants who smoke say that’s discriminatory. Would we be breaking the law if we implement this policy? –Ronald and Mai

A: You’re within your rights if you decide that you’d like your entire building to be smoke-free (but you need to follow notice laws, explained below). Local governing bodies are increasingly recognizing the danger of secondhand smoke, and have passed ordinances that prohibit smoking in multi-unit buildings.