Smoke-Free Housing

Everyone deserves to breathe smoke-free air, especially in the places they live. For people who live in multi-family housing properties, such as apartment buildings and condominiums, choosing to have a smoke-free home may not be enough to protect them from the harms of secondhand smoke exposure.

Residents who choose to make their units smoke-free may still be exposed to secondhand smoke that migrates into their unit from other units, common areas, cracks in walls, doors, and ventilation systems, potentially impacting their health. Secondhand smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, including more than 70 that cause cancer.1 A building- or property-wide smoke-free policy is crucial to protecting residents from secondhand smoke’s harmful effects.

Smoke-free multi-family housing isn’t only about improving tenants health, it’s also about saving owners money. Tenants are protected from preventable diseases including lung cancer, stroke and coronary heart disease.1 These policies benefit property managers and owners by lowering fire risks, insurance rates and unit turnover costs.

 

WE CAN HELP:

  • For Owners:  Smoke Free Indy and Smoke Free Housing Indiana can assist your organization in going smoke-free. Contact us or click here to access a toolkit and resources to help make your property smoke-free.
  • For Tenants: Talk to your neighbors and landlord about why you want a smoke-free policy and how it will protect your health and save money. Click here for a listing of smoke free apartment communities in Marion County.

 

TOBACCO-FREE HOUSING SAVES OWNERS MONEY:

  • Some insurance companies offer discounts on property casualty insurance for multi-unit owners with a 100% smoke-free policy.2
  • Apartment turnover costs can be 2 to 7 times greater when smoking is allowed, compared to the cost of maintaining and turning over a smoke-free unit.2

 

TOBACCO FREE HOUSING PROTECTS TENANTS:

  • Smoke-free policies in apartments and other multi-family structures reduce the risk of cigarette-related fires, damages, and deaths by eliminating lighted smoking materials from the interior of the building.3
  • Secondhand smoke cannot be controlled by ventilation or air cleaning. The only solution is to make buildings 100% smoke-free.3
  • Banning smoking indoors is the only way to fully protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke.3
  •  Everyone has a right to breathe healthy air.

References:


  • Smoke-free Housing Fact Sheet

    Indiana State Department of Health
  • Reasons to Explore Smoke-free Housing

    American Lung Association
  • Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke

    Indiana State Department of Health
  • HUD Smoke-free Policy Fact Sheet

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Smoke-free Apartment Legal Presentation

    Tobacco Control Legal Consortium