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Health and Economic Benefits of Smoke-Free Housing

There are many health and economic benefits that come with implementing a smoke-free policy in a multi-unit building. It is important to include these when educating residents and housing providers. Housing providers are interested in protecting their investment, as well as employee and resident health; providing them with the knowledge and language to answer resident questions and justify the policy is just one key to successful enforcement.

Economic Benefits

  • Decrease turnover and insurance costs.
  • Reduce fire risk.
  • Reduce legal liability and administrative burden from secondhand smoke exposure.
  • Reduce energy consts.
  • Increase eligibility for more redevelopment and development funds.
  • 100% legal way to protect your investment and save money!

Read the American Lung Association 'Impacts of Smoke-Free Housing Policies' Report.

Health Benefits


  • Smoking is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States.
  • Tobacco related deaths are the most preventable cause of premature death and disability in our society.
  • The only FDA product that "when used as directed" can kill you.

Secondhand Smoke or Environmental Tobacco Smoke:

  • Secondhand smoke is smoke in the environment that is inhaled passively or involuntarily by someone who is not smoking.
  • Also known as Environmental Tobacco Smoke or "ETS".
  • There is NO safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • There is no ventilation or filtering system that will remove secondhand smoke from the air.
  • According to the surgeon general:
    • "Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems and more severe asthma. Smoking by parents causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in their children."
    • "Exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer."
    • In adults who have never smoked, secondhand smoke can cause heard disease and lung cancer.

Thirdhand Smoke:Thirdhand Smoke Damage

  • Consists of gases and small particles in cigarette smoke that are deposited on every surface they come in contact with.
  • Consists of ingredients that react to form carcinogens and toxins that can stay on surfaces indefinitely.These same toxins can then react to form more harmful toxins.
  • Exposure to thirdhand smoke can occur through the skin, or by breathing or ingesting long after smoke has been cleared out of a room.
  • Children who climb on furniture, crawl and play on floors, may be especially susceptible to thirdhand smoke.

Tobacco use is dangerous and can affect every organ system. Learn more.

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