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126. No Smoking
For the past week Elizabeth would come home
work and discover that her apartment smelled like
smoke. She did not know where the smell
coming from. Elizabeth didn't smoke. No one else
the key to her apartment to smoke inside
she was at work. The smell of smoke
bothered her because she had asthma.
stayed home from work because she was expecting
package. When she woke up that morning, the
smelled fine. At one in the afternoon, Elizabeth
into the kitchen to make a sandwich for
. That was when she noticed the smell of
smoke. She called the building's superintendent. By the
he arrived at Elizabeth's apartment, the whole place
like cigarette smoke. The super told Elizabeth he
pretty sure the smoke was coming up though
vents from her new downstairs neighbor. The new
was a smoker. The super told Elizabeth there
nothing to be done. The building was really
and the vents couldn't be sealed. It was
perfectly legal for the downstairs neighbor to smoke
his apartment. He suggested that Elizabeth buy an
filter and see if that would help.
an air filter but didn't find it to
enough. Her asthma was getting worse. Her clothes
furniture were beginning to smell like cigarette smoke,
. Elizabeth decided to go downstairs to talk to
neighbor. She was going to ask him not
smoke in his apartment. Elizabeth knocked on the
. When he opened the door, a huge wave
cigarette smoke came out. Elizabeth began coughing violently.
neighbor gave Elizabeth a disgusted look. "Are you
to get me sick?" the neighbor asked her.
couldn't believe what he was saying. "No, but
are," she said.