Multi-Unit Smoke-Free Housing
Benefits of Smoke-Free Housing
There is no safe-level of secondhand smoke exposure. Secondhand smoke contributes to over 40,000 deaths among nonsmokers. Smoke-free housing can save lives, improve quality of life, encourage quitting, and save money.
Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing Enforcement Guide
Now available for download!
Interested in making your building smoke-free?
- Smoke-free policy development
- Planning and implementation
- Communication with staff and residents
- On-site tobacco cessation resources and referrals
Why go smoke-free?
- Secondhand smoke (SHS) which has been proven to drift between units, from one unit to another, is extremely dangerous; (Air quality studies in apartment buildings show that anywhere from 5% to 60% of air in apartment units comes from other units in the building);
- SHS is a health hazard for staff as well as renters;
- Cigarette smoking violates renters’ desire to live in smoke free environments;
- Fire caused by smoking is the leading cause of deaths in residential units, accounting for 7% of all fires in those units; and
- Smoking causes enormous expense to property managers and owners: studies indicate that in a smoking building every ten Public Housing unit turnovers will conservatively cost $12,500 in additional maintenance costs (general cleaning and painting; replacement of floor covering and appliances, insurance, etc.).
HUD Final Rule
For sites that implement smoke-free policies, we offer high-qualty, heavy-duty metals signs, at no cost:
For more information about second and third-hand smoke and health, visit the CDC.