Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing:
Start noticing the benefits of smoke-free homes
Start Noticing promotes smoke-free policies that protect people from secondhand smoke exposure:
- We assist building owners and managers with creating and promoting a smoke-free policy for their property
- We assist tenants in finding solutions to secondhand smoke problems
The Case for Smoke-Free homes
Why is secondhand smoke dangerous?
- In 2005, 581 Minnesotan infants and adults died from exposure to secondhand smoke. (BlueCross BlueShield of MN)
- Secondhand smoke can cause emphysema, asthma, pneumonia, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis and heart disease. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control)
- According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is NO risk-free level of secondhand smoke. (2006 Surgeon General’s Report)
Do people care about smoke-free living?
- Nearly 50% of MN renters report smoke gets into their apartment from somewhere in the building.
- 37% of those experiencing smoke say it bothers them “a lot” or “so much I’m thinking of moving.”
- Almost 50% of MN renters would prefer to live in smoke-free units.
- Many renters would be willing to pay more rent and walk farther to work if they could have the opportunity to live in a smoke-free building.
(Research by the Center for Energy and Environment (2001)
What are the benefits of smoke-free homes?
- Reduced costs: Cleaning costs are lower when units don’t have the smell of smoke, cigarette burns, or smoking residue.
- Fewer fire risks: Smoking-related fires are deadly and costly. Smoke-free policies eliminate the source of smoking-related fires.
- Smoke-free policies are legal: A building owner/manager can legally make a rental building, including individual units or the entire property, 100% smoke-free.
Free Resources Available from Start Noticing:
- Consultations and presentations to apartment managers and staff
- Sample survey to send to tenants to gauge community interest
- Model smoke-free lease addendum to incorporate into your current lease
- Presentations to tenants tailored to your community’s needs
- Summaries of research conducted by the Center for Energy and Environment about air movement and ventilation in apartment buildings
- Secondhand smoke resources and information
- Legal resources and information
- Sample announcement letters to send to tenants
- Free online listing in the MN directory of smoke-free apartments
- Strategies for advertising your smoke-free building
- Friendly and professional staff who will work with you every step of the way to ensure the best transition possible for your community
Download a list of smoke-free apartment buildings