Should Smokers Downstairs Be a Deal Breaker?

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Q: I need your help. I am a recent college graduate, and can finally afford my first real apartment (that is, one without roommates). I can't wait to get my own space and use all the tricks that I've learned from AT. I even found my dream apartment: it's huge, in my ideal neighborhood, and is just within my budget. Heck, I even charmed the landlord into agreeing to rent it to me. There is only one issue: the landlord just told me that smokers live in the unit below my dream apartment.

The apartment is in an older house, and this has me seriously concerned. Will it smell? More importantly, will it affect my health?

The landlord told me that the people living there now just use an air purifier and are fine with it. Also, I didn't smell anything when I saw it (but I saw it in the summer when windows can be opened, and the neighbors are more likely to smoke outside).

Should this be a deal breaker?

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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