Tenants have had it with smokes from cigarettes and marijuana

Smoking banned in 42-storey Vancouver condo tower
Offenders face penalty, after first offence, of up to $200 for smoking in any of the building’s 237 units
By Mike Hager, Vancouver Sun, September 27, 2012
Dozens of strata members at Vancouver’s tallest all-residential tower hooted and hollered after a motion passed Tuesday outlawing smoking in any of the building’s 237 units.

Roughly 70 strata members of the 42-storey Melville building in the city’s tony Coal Harbour neighbourhood voted to fine residents caught smoking, while about nine opposed the bylaw.

“When it passed the room came alive,” said Dwight Wamboldt, a 65-year-old who has lived in the building with his wife, Tanya, since its construction in 2007. “We’ve been fighting this for years and finally last night we got it passed with a majority three-quarters vote.

“This kind of thing throughout the city is just long overdue, in particular when it affects other people’s health.”

The Wamboldts said they had registered dozens of complaints to building management over the years due to the intrusive cigarette and marijuana smoke that filters into their unit...


Pot smoking tied to testicular cancer

By Frederik Joelving, Reuters, Sep. 10, 2012
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A small government-backed study strengthens the link between recreational marijuana use and testicular cancer in young men, U.S. researchers said Monday.

They found people who said they had used the drug were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with the disease as were never-users. The link appeared to be specific to a type of tumor known as nonseminoma.

"This is the third study consistently demonstrating a greater than doubling of risk of this particularly undesirable subtype of testicular cancer among young men with marijuana use," said Victoria Cortessis of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, who led the work.