Unfortunately, what happens in a condo unit doesn't always stay in a condo unit. Smoke (among other nuisances) can travel easily between walls and through the common elements to other units.

Owners cannot be stopped from smoking in their units unless the association adopts an amendment to the declaration or bylaws to prohibit smoking. This requires owner approval and can take time and money to pass but it is a viable solution for buildings who can muster the necessary number of votes. When an amendment is not possible, the board can adopt rules to help prevent smoke from travelling between units.

Read more about this topic in a recent Chicago Tribune article

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