Smoke-Free Housing

Smoke-free housing is cleaner, safer, healthier and less costly to maintain, making it equally beneficial to residents and owners. Children, seniors, and people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to the health risks of secondhand smoke. Everyone deserves the chance to live in a smoke-free environment.

Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke and the harmful chemicals in it are known causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, respiratory infections, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children. They are also known causes of heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer in adult nonsmokers.

Third-hand Smoke
Third-hand smoke refers to the toxins from cigarette smoke that gets on clothes, hair, skin, carpets, baby blankets, furniture, toys, car seats, fur and feathers of pets and many other surfaces. These toxins can stay on unwashed surfaces for extended periods of time and resists normal cleaning. Infants, children, non-smoking adults, and pets can be at risk of tobacco-related health problems when they inhale, ingest, or touch things contaminated with third-hand smoke.

Benefits of Smoke-Free Housing

Smoke-free housing is healthier. It protects all tenants, guests, and staff members from the serious health dangers associated with secondhand smoke exposure.

Smoke-free buildings are more attractive to prospective tenants. Research shows that renters want smoke-free housing and are willing to pay more and make other sacrifices in order to live in a smoke-free building.

Smoke-free properties are safer. Smoking materials; cigarettes, lighters, and matches are the leading cause of home and fire deaths in the country.

Smoke-free properties are easier and less costly to maintain. Turnover costs are lower when you don’t have to scrub, paint, and replace items in an apartment that smell like smoke or have been damaged by careless smoking.

Smoke-free policies are legal. A building owner or manager can legally make a rental building or entire property completely smoke-free.


To learn more about making your rental property smoke-free, check out the Smoke-Free Housing Toolkit

How we can help:

  • Resident Surveys

  • Implementation steps and plans

  • Educational materials and sample policies

  • Compliance techniques

  • Smoking cessation resources

  • Custom made no-smoking signage

Properties with Smoke-Free Policies

Smoke-Free Housing Registry

Columbia County

Senior Housing
Chatham Manor
Dawnwood Apartments
Greenport Manor
High Pointe At Chatham Senior
John Funk Village
Palatine Manor
Paul Raihofer Senior Village
Philmont Terrace Apartments
Richardson Hall
Valatie Woods Apartments

Family/Individual All Ages Housing
Crosswinds At Hudson
Hudson Terrace Apartments

Greene County

Senior Housing
Autumn Grove
Bethany Village Apartments
Fairground Estates
Hemlock Nob
Kaaterskill Manor
Rivertown Senior Apartments
Windham Willows