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 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 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