adopting no smoking
policies for apartments
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that all multi-unit housing in the United States adopt smokefree policies in order to protect residents from the very serious health hazards caused by drifting tobacco smoke. Our mission is to encourage and assist that goal.
In order for vacancies to be listed on the website, buildings will need to be totally smokefree including units, balconies/patios, enclosed common areas and outdoor common areas. A smoking-permitted area could be established outdoors, but must be sufficiently distant from units and outdoor amenities so that residents are not affected by the smoke. An area designated for smoking could include a table, chairs, umbrella and ash urn.
The website is intended for use by providers of market rate and affordable apartments. It is also available to condominiums and townhouses. Visit our section for landlords to review a choice of leases for apartment buildings that can be used to require no smoking policies. Visit the Condominium section to review language for no smoking requirements in condominiums and townhouses. Prohibiting smoking in a multi-unit residential building reduces maintenance costs, prevents fires, and can result in insurance discounts.
E-mail us at: Info@smokefreeapartments.org
Or call us at 858-381-2504
We offer technical assistance to housing industry professionals and residents of multi-unit housing who are interested in more information about smokefree housing.