Smoke-free housing is not just a growing trend and it's not just good for resident health, it's also a smart business decision!
Save Time and Money!
Smoke-free housing reduces your operating costs. By going smoke free, you can avoid full replacements of carpeting, floors, fixtures, walls, seals and major appliances less often and significantly decrease your turn-around times to get your units back on the market for prospective renters to tour and lease. Another added bonus, many insurance companies will consider a notable decrease to your property casualty insurance for creating a smoke-free property!
The material below is reproduced, with credit to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
Here are just a few highlights of why apartment buildings around the country are going smokefree:
Protect Your Residents
Most importantly, it’s the right decision for the health and well-being of residents on your property! • Several statewide surveys demonstrate that as many as 78% of tenants, including smokers, would choose to live in a smoke-free complex.2,3,4
Secondhand smoke complaints and requests for unit transfers drop following the implementation of a smoke-free policy. Nationwide, less than 21% of the general population smokes5 , so it makes sense that a vast majority of tenants want to live in a smoke-free environment.
The only way to protect residents from the health hazards of secondhand smoke is to implement t 100 percent smoke-free housing. Living in smoke-free housing is not only healthier, it’s safer. Smoking-related fires are the leading cause of fire deaths and cigarettes are the leading type of smoking material involved in residential smoking fires, accounting for 87 percent of these fires. In addition, a lower fire risk means reduced damages.
All of the material below is reproduced, with credit due to US Dpt of Housing and Urban Development, Smoke-Free Public Housing: Research and Implementation. Keith Fudge.
On November 12, 2015, HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced a proposed rule to require all public housing properties to become smoke-free indoor facilities. “We have a responsibility to protect public housing residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, especially the elderly and children who suffer from asthma and other respiratory diseases,” Secretary Castro said at a press conference with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (1). The proposed rule, when finalized, will require public housing agencies (PHAs) to implement a policy within 18 months that bans lit smoking products “in all living units, indoor common areas in public housing, and in PHA administrative office buildings” as well as outdoor areas within at least 25 feet of these buildings (2). The policy, which applies to all public housing units except those in mixed-finance buildings, is intended to reduce PHA residents’ exposure to secondhand smoke and lower maintenance costs and the risk of fire.
HUD’s proposed rule, which may still evolve before it is finalized and implemented, builds on strong evidence about the danger of secondhand smoke and on the experiences of PHAs who have already instituted smoke-free policies. Although administrators will need to clearly explain the new rule to residents, promote smoking cessation programs, and consider residents’ input to ensure that the rule is fairly applied, the rule stands to improve long-term health outcomes, especially for vulnerable residents such as the young and elderly.
1- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 2015. "HUD Secretary Castro Announces New Rule Making Public Housing Smoke-Free," press release, 12 November.
2- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 2015. "Instituting Smoke-Free Public Housing: Proposed Rule," Docket No. FR 5597-P-02, 1.*Smoking is the leading cause of fire and death in the United States (HUD).
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