Secondhand smoke (SHS) is the third leading cause of preventable disease in the U.S. Approximately 50,000 individuals die each year as a result of SHS exposure. Secondhand smoke caused by nearby neighbors can have a negative impact on residents living in apartments and condominiums. Secondhand smoke from one housing unit can seep through air ducts and cracks, or travel by a shared ventilation system and enter into the living space of another resident. According to the 2006 Surgeon General’s Report, “there is no risk-free level of exposure to SHS.” Fortunately, creation of a smoke-free policy can help protect the health of residents of apartments and condominiums.
Landlord resources – Smoke-free policies can help property managers/owners protect their residents from the dangers of exposure to SHS and protect the investment in the buildings. Smoke-free policies are legal, can help you save money, are easy to enforce, and may help you attract new renters. For more information, including steps on going smoke free, click here.
Resident resources – If you are bothered by secondhand-smoke drifting into your unit from a neighboring unit, you can do something about it. One solution is to advocate for a smoke-free policy at your apartment or condominium community. Many landlords are not aware that SHS is a problem in their buildings, so your first step is to let them know about it. You can let them know of this website and the resources available to them. You can also call the Summit County Health Department, as we are working with property managers/owners to encourage them to adopt smoke-free policies for their buildings. For more information regarding you rights to be smoke-free, click here.