The ability to live in a smoke-free home is a choice that everyone should have. Unfortunately for those who live in multi-family buildings such as apartments and condominiums, breathing secondhand smoke from neighboring units has become a real health problem. Secondhand smoke exposure is dangerous at any level, and smoke often times seeps into neighboring units through cracks in the walls, ventilation systems and open windows.
Smoke-free multi-unit housing policies are usually voluntary. However, smoke-free multi-unit housing policies are legal and relatively easy to implement. There is no legal right to smoke, therefore designating multi-unit housing as smoke-free is not discriminatory. By adopting smoke-free policies, multi-unit housing communities can: protect residents from secondhand smoke, encourage healthy behaviors, lower fire risks, and reduce turnover of residents which saves money. It’s a win-win situation for all!
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