One of the most crucial ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of secondhand smoke (SHS) and thirdhand smoke (THS) is to maintain a completely smoke free and aerosol free home. While smoking or vaping may not be permitted inside your own home, drifting SHS from nearby and adjacent apartments or condos can have negative health effects on you, and your family. Tobacco smoke and Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) aerosol transfers from one unit to nearby units and common spaces. Tobacco smoke and aerosol can move along air ducts, through cracks in the walls and floors, through elevator shafts, and along plumbing and electrical lines affecting units that are nearby and even on other floors!
As a tenant in a rental property, you have the right to live free of a significant cause of illness in the home and a major cause of preventable death in the United States: secondhand smoke.
The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke in Your Home
For Property Owners
Renting smoke-free is a growing trend in multi-unit housing. A smoke-free policy is NOT discriminatory. Owners/managers can designate individual units, entire buildings (recommended), all units (recommended) or an entire campus (recommended) and must designate building common spaces to be free of secondhand smoke.
Property Owners Obligations:
For assistance with implementing a smoke-free policy contact: MOTAC at (402) 807-5466 or Antonia Correa - Spanish (402) 559-3670.