Should I reply to this email?
October 14, 2013 4:33 PM Subscribe
I received a message from my property manager complaining about cigarette and pot smoking in my building/near my apartment. I live in a mid-rise building in Chicago, and 2-3x a week will partake in the latter activity (do not smoke cigarettes at all).
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My email was the only address listed, but it may have been separately sent to others to retain confidentially. Full text reproduced below:
I was notified of cigarette and pot smoke in the building and am sending this to a few apartments around where the smoke is. This is not a non-smoking building; you are allowed to smoke cigarettes in your apartment but we ask you to be neighborly by smoking outside, out an open window and/or using an air purifier. Smoking pot is illegal and will not be tolerated."
Would like to note the following:
-I consider myself a respectful smoker, as I do as little as I can to stink up the apartment/hallway; towel under the main door, windows open, apply air freshener afterwards (which I'm aware doesn't necessarily COVER the scent but still helps). I'm always very paranoid and aware when I have friends over who partake that they follow my rules and be respectful regarding noise etc.
-I typically blow the smoke out the window so it won't affect my apartment as much, but now I realize this may be irritating nearby neighbors who have open windows as well. I even used to do the whole "dryer sheets inside paper towel roll" thing, but don't know how much that would help since there is still an aroma.
-As the email states, cigarette smoking is legal in the building but somewhat discouraged. Sometimes in my hallway I can smell either cigarette/cigar smoke; I've observed my neighbor smoking cigars on his balcony so I typically attribute this to him or others. When I've returned to my apartment after marijuana usage, I would describe the smell outside my door as faint at best, and much more noticeable when you enter. I have heard my neighbors across the hall (loudly) discuss weed smoking at points, but rarely notice an external smell in the hallway from either of us.
-This is the first complaint I have received living in this building for over 3 years now, and my usage has been fairly consistent over that period. If it matters, the property manager is relatively new to the building, but I doubt the previous one would not have passed along similar complaints.
-Unsure if the complaint came from someone on my floor OR an apartment above/below me since the smoke is often blown outside. I include this because it addresses the problem of why this is an issue and who it's ultimately affecting. While I may not respect the illegality of pot, I do respect the rights of my neighbors to not be bothered by those who choose to toke up.
-Not that I think it would help much anyway, but not interested in investing in vaporizers/other expensive technology in the future.
My direct questions:
1) Is it worth responding to this email in any capacity? If do, what would you recommend I say?
2) How should I proceed going forward? Is it time for me to strictly change my habits and have a zero tolerance policy in my apartment? Or is there any "wiggle room" where I can still discretely enjoy my activity?
Thanks in advance for your replies!