New York City Woman Sued for Smoking—at Home

Neighbors allege health risk from smoke that seeped into hallway
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2008 9:47 AM CDT
It is illegal in New York to smoke in restaurants and bars.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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(Newser) – Forget bans in bars and restaurants—Galila Huff’s neighbors want to stop her from smoking in her own apartment. The New York restaurateur smokes up to two packs a day, and lawyers who live 50 feet down the hall say the smoke seeps into their 10x100-foot common hallway. They sued her for endangering their heath in a case that got the attention of ABC's 20/20.

In the year the lawsuit has loomed, Huff insulated her apartment and bought 4 air purifiers. But when asked just how pristine the apartment air needs to be in a pretty smelly city, the lawyers asked how Huff, a Chihuahua owner, “would react if we put dog poison in the shared hallway?” Huff Thursday agreed to a list of settlement demands—including one that she will not seek any more publicity.