majority of adults have smoke-free rules in homes, vehicles
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - May 16, 2013
Four out of five U.S. adults report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their homes and three out of four report having voluntary smoke-free rules in their vehicles, according to a study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, a publication ...
in 10 adults have "no smoking" rules in their home
News 10NBC - May 17, 2013
A new survey says an overwhelming majority of Americans do not allow smoking in their homes. Experts at the CDC researched just how much secondhand smoke the average American is exposed to and they found eight in 10 adults have no smoking rules in their home and 75-percent of adults do not allow smoking in their cars. But despite these rules, researchers say 11-million people are still exposed to secondhand smoke at home and 17-million in cars.
don't allow smoking in US homes and vehicles
Big News Network.com - May 17, 2013
ATLANTA -- Four-of-5 U.S. adults say they don't allow smoking in their homes, while 75 percent say they don't allow smoking in their vehicles, health officials say. The study, published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, found almost 11 million non-smoking adults continue to be exposed to secondhand smoke in ...
Union Square Condo Bans Smoking Everywhere, Even On The ...
Gothamist - May 17, 2013
Oh, cigarette smokers, is there no place left for you in this city? Cancer sticks have been kicked out of restaurants, bars and parks, and now more private residences are getting into the anti-tobacco mix: a Union Square condo building has just banned smoking in all of its units and public areas, making it the biggest residential development in the country to do so. Homeowners at Zeckendorf Towers, a massive 647-unit development that was built at 1 Irving Place in the 1980s, voted for the ban on April 30th, with nearly 84 percent of voters supporting the measure.
board tells residents to Butt out
Real Estate Weekly - May 17, 2013
In another testament to change in Union Square and how New York has changed,
homeowners in Zeckendorf Towers, the 29-story, 647-unit building constructed
on the site of the defunct S.Klein Department Store, voted overwhelmingly to
become a entirely smoke-free residence last week, sending the Marlboro and the
Newport the way of the Marc Ballroom and Virgin Records. 83.5 percent voted
in favor to prohibit smoking in both residential units and public areas for
all new residents. Existing owners and residents can smoke for 3 more years
before they have to butt out also.
rule affects smokers in public housing
Hawaii News Now - May 17, 2013
July 1 the Hawaii Public Housing Authority begins enforcing smoking restrictions at its 85 properties. From then on smoking will only be allowed in designated areas. "They will be given a warning, first, second, third and fourth. The worst case scenario, it could be eviction," the Authority's executive director Hakim Ouansafi said. He said a survey of tenants showed 80 percent favor restrictions. Health concerns drove his decision, especially exposure to second-hand smoke. Safety was another reason. And cleaning costs waste taxpayer money. "It takes an average of $3,700 more to get a smoking unit ready versus non-smoking," he said.
ponders tougher laws against smoking
Contra Costa Times - May 16, 2013
LAFAYETTE -- Smokers will have fewer places to light up in Lafayette if city leaders adopt new regulations banning smoking in apartments and other locations -- including throughout downtown. Council members asked city staff this week to draft an update to Lafayette's smoking ordinance to prohibit the activity in outdoor dining areas, at public events and in multifamily housing common areas, including balconies, carports and exteriors.
public-housing high-rises earn kudos for going smoke-free
Duluth News Tribune - May 16, 2013
Duluths public-housing high-rises earned a state nonprofits plaudits for going smoke-free. The Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority and its executive director, Rick Ball, were presented with the Mission Leadership Award by the American Lung Association in Minnesota during a May 7 ceremony in the Twin Cities, the nonprofit announced. All six high-rises subsidized by the housing authority and their 752 units went smoke-free by May 2011. The decision by the authoritys board in December 2009 followed a survey of the high-rise tenants that found 73 percent preferred smoke-free buildings and 78 percent said they could smell secondhand smoke coming into their units.
push for smoke-free living
WWLP 22News - May 16, 2013
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Only one public housing district in Hampshire County is smoke-free and it's in Easthampton. Now, public health officials are pushing for smoke free living.
public-housing high-rises earn kudos for going smoke-free
Duluth News Tribune - May 16, 2013
Duluths public-housing high-rises earned a state nonprofits plaudits for going smoke-free. The Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority and its executive director, Rick Ball, were presented with the Mission Leadership Award by the American Lung Association in Minnesota during a May 7 ceremony in the Twin Cities, the nonprofit announced. All six high-rises subsidized by the housing authority and their 752 units went smoke-free by May 2011. The decision by the authoritys board in December 2009 followed a survey of the high-rise tenants that found 73 percent preferred smoke-free buildings and 78 percent said they could smell secondhand smoke coming into their units.
moves to ban smoking in new apartments, condos
Los Angeles Times - May 15, 2013
Many wide-sweeping prohibitions have taken effect, but there have also been tweaks to the rules, making smoking restrictions a recurring topic of discussion at ...
on board with program promoting smoke-free housing
Longview Daily News - May 15, 2013
Cowlitz County commissioners approved a program to help landlords offer more smoke-free rentals, but only after two commissioners voted down one member's ...
Out: Local Luxury Condos Go Smoke-Free
BostInno (blog) - May 14, 2013
Slowly but surely, Boston luxury condo buildings have been snuffing out smoking tenants, demanding they clean up their act or take it on the road. In 2012, the Boston Globe reported that the Hub's largest condo complex, Harbor Towers, was banning smoking "in all common areas inside the two, 40-story luxury high rises, virtually all outside areas, and within each unit" -- so, yeah, everywhere. This March the Lowell Sun brought to light a proposed bill by Rep. Jennifer Lunenburg that would ban smoking in apartments and condos, but not single-family homes, contended to be "a natural extension" against the Massachusetts law against smoking in public. Second hand smoke, it's said, doesn't actually stay within a unit, seeping through walls and vents into other apartments and living spaces.
Change needed in Glendale apartment smoking laws
Glendale (CA) News-Press - May 10, 2013
Would the members of the Glendale City Council wake up on May 14 and recognize the need for a multi-unit residential amendment to Glendale's Fresh Air Ordinance -- one that will protect the city's nonsmoking apartment/condo tenants from ...
smoking in public housing ($$)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - May 9, 2013
Few states have so many people living in as tight quarters as Hawaii does so what people do, even within their four walls, can have a greater effect on their neighbors. This has implications, and one of them is playing out in the public housing complexes across the state: smoking is being banned in the housing units. The Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA), the state agency overseeing the state's 85 public housing properties, has approved administrative rules now under review by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Then the ban will be carried out, probably sometime after the end of the month.
To Talk HUD Smoking Ban
KWQC 6 - May 9, 2013
The Muscatine city council will review a plan to ban smoking from public housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development or "HUD" is recommending all of it's facilities go smoke free. Muscatine is looking to follow its advice, specifically the city is looking at making Clark House and Sunset Park smoke free. The apartment complexes house low income, elderly and disabled. Currently, people can smoke in their apartments and outside.
West Salem apartment will be 100 percent smoke-free
WXOW.com - May 6, 2013
WEST SALEM, Wisconsin (WXOW) When David Birdd started building his new apartment complex, he measured the benefits of opening a smoke-free ...
Fairmont Sentinel-May 6, 2013
On May 15, Garden Court Apartments in Winnebago, a Thies and Talle Management property, will celebrate the implementation of its smoke-free housing policy.
County Housing Considering Non-Smoking
KLJB - May 3, 2013
Knox County housing is looking to cut costs and a smoking ban for residents is how they plan to do it. The reason for this new policy? Housing officials said it cost between $2,000 and $3,000 to clean a smoking unit when a renter leaves. For non-smoking units it only cost between $300 and $700. ...
ban begins Oct. 1 in subsidized St. Cloud HRA housing
St. Cloud Times - April 29, 2013
The St. Cloud Housing and Redevelopment Authority last month adopted rules making all of the more than 700 units it subsidizes smoke-free. The change is part of an effort to improve the health and safety of residents, and save money an estimated $521 million a year if such a ban were enacted nationally. But it does mean they cant smoke in them. Designated smoke areas outdoors will be set up.
fair promotes smoke-free housing in Vallejo
Vallejo Times-Herald - April 28, 2013
As an effort to encourage smoke-free housing, Fighting Back Partnership and Marina Vista Apartments organized the complex's first Health Fair and Kids' Carnival on Saturday. ...
rentals drive continues
U-T San Diego-by Lily Leung - April 26, 2013
Cases like Kays were the focus of a bill that would have banned Californians from smoking inside their homes. The measure died last week, but long-standing talks to regulate smoking at multi-family units in the city of San Diego are still alive. In San Diego, anti-smoking activists have met with landlords for two years, trying to craft an ordinance that would make both sides happy. ...
launches website on smoke-free environments
WKBT La Crosse - April 26, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials have launched a website that highlights the benefits of living in smoke-free environments. The state Department of Public Heath says the website provides education and awareness to people who live within multi-unit housing like apartments. The website features sections for tenants, property owners and managers of multi-unit housing. It provides steps on how to make a home smoke-free. ...
bans smoking in public housing
Galesburg Register-Mail - April 20, 2013
He told board members the health department has money to offer residents smoking cessation programs. It's (the smoking ban) being pushed by HUD, he said.
to fine tune new smoking bans: Questions raised about APD's ability to enforce
Times-Standard - April 19, 2013
Creating a smoke-free Arcata continues to be the topic of conversation as council members pushed the issue into another round of discussions. During its meeting on Wednesday, the Arcata City Council decided to drop two of the seven proposed revisions to the city's current smoking prohibitions -- smoking within private areas in multi-units housing and options for tobacco-free educational programs. It's getting to the point where we are trying to get people to stop smoking, which I think is not our business, Councilman Michael Winkler said. The business we should be in is to make it so people are not inadvertently exposed to other people smoking. ...
Committee Rejects Apartment Smoking Ban
California Healthline - April 19, 2013
On Wednesday, the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee voted 5-2 against a bill (AB 746) that would have banned smoking in apartment buildings and other multi-family housing facilities. ...
leaders to consider smoking ban in multifamily buildings
San Jose Mercury News - April 18, 2013
Lafayette officials are eyeing changes to the city's municipal code to address the effects of secondhand smoke in apartment buildings and other multiple dwelling units. On May 13, the city council will hear options ranging from a total smoking ban in existing and proposed multifamily projects to a phased-in program. The new rules will "address and mitigate the effects of secondhand smoke in multifamily buildings and other areas," according to a city notice. ...
to ban smoking in condos, apartments defeated
San Diego 6 - April 18, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A proposal that sought to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums has failed in an Assembly committee. The bill from ...
Alert: Bill to bar apartment smoking goes down in flames at ...
Sacramento Bee - April 17, 2013
Legislation to bar millions of Californians from smoking inside their own homes ... ceilings, floors or ventilation systems with neighboring units are not subject to ...
slashes a home's resale value by nearly 30%: survey
National Post (ca) - April 16, 2013
Pfizer Canada surveyed Ontario and Quebec real estate agents about the cost of a homes resale value and found that having the smell of smoke which gets absorbed into carpets, walls and ceilings can lower the sale price by up to 29%. With an average
subsidized housing would save $521 million a year
WebWire (press release) - April 16, 2013
Savings in health care costs alone estimated at almost $350 million a year. The estimated annual cost savings from eliminating smoking in all U.S. subsidized housing would be $521 million, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the first study to estimate the costs that could be saved by prohibiting smoking in subsidized housing, including public housing and other rental assistance programs. The bulk of those annual savings $341 million would come from reduced health care expenditures related to secondhand smoke. The study also estimates savings of $108 million in annual renovation expenses and $72 million in annual smoking-related fire loses.
Sheahan: Your neighbor's smoke is a home invader
Wisconsin State Journal - April 7, 2013
You are sitting in your home, about to watch a movie with your children on a chilly Friday evening. You have a bowl of popcorn in your lap and your two kids nuzzled next to you on the couch. As you go to push play on your remote, your neighbor in the apartment next door lights up a cigarette. Suddenly, your lungs, and your kids lungs are filled with secondhand smoke. Tobacco smoke knows no boundaries and can cause virtually the same negative health effects among innocent and unwilling bystanders as it does to the smoker. A new initiative here in Wisconsin called Clear Gains was organized to turn multi-unit housing like private apartments and public housing into smoke-free environments. The effort is focused on convincing property managers and owners to voluntarily adopt smoke-free policies that will give their residents a healthier and safer place to live.
condos opt to snuff out smoking ($$)
Honolulu (HI) Star Advertiser - April 7, 2013
SMOKE-FREE condominiums are a small but growing trend in Hawaii, with a handful of condo owner associations amending their rules in recent years to prohibit smoking. Now a developer is set to build what is being described as the first new condo tower built in the state to be 100 percent smoke-free. ...
KSTP.com - April 4, 2013
On April 23, the City of Bloomington is hosting a forum to help property managers make their buildings smoke free. Smoke free policies help managers and residents save money and their investments. ...
out: Some residents unhappy about owners reversing smoking ban in apartments
Iowa City Press Citizen April 4, 2013
When Bob Lane moved into his apartment at Coralvilles Coral Village complex three years ago, he said he made sure he was moving into a smoke-free building. However, after a recent change in ownership of the building at 1799 Fifth St., Lane said he is no longer safe from secondhand smoke in his own home. Soon after, tenants say they were informed that the buildings no smoking policy was being lifted in residents apartments. Common areas such as hallways remain no-smoking.
authority battles bedbugs, may ban smoking
Gainesville Sun - April 4, 2013
Bedbugs and tobacco were up for discussion at Wednesday's monthly board meeting for the Alachua County Housing Authority the second meeting that Executive Director Herbert Hernandez has attended since joining the agency in February.
Creek: Proposed smoking restrictions subject of meeting
Contra Costa Times - April 3, 2013
Walnut Creek: Proposed smoking restrictions subject of meeting ... rules to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke by restricting smoking in multifamily housing, ...
Monica Housing Discrimination Complaints Surge
Santa Monica (CA) Mirror - April 2, 2013
Did Zelda's request for a smoke-free apartment qualify as a reasonable accommodation to G & K's wait-list rules? There are two basic legal requirements for a reasonable accommodation. First, the accommodation must be needed in response to the nature of ...
Smoke Leads Santa Monica Woman to File Fair Housing Complaint
Santa Monica (CA) Lookout - April 2, 2013
Santa Monica's Consumer Protection Unit (CPU) helped a woman with a severe respiratory disability relocate to get away from the second-hand smoke wafting in from her neighbors' apartments, according to City staff. Zelda Alvarado (whose name has been ...
authorities across state eye no-smoking policies ($$)
Temple (TX) Daily Telegram - March 31, 2013
Texas housing authorities are progressively moving toward no-smoking policies in buildings ...
expands smoking ban in public housing
WHDH-TV - March 30, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- The Springfield Housing Authority is expanding its ban on smoking to areas outside its properties, one year after the agency ordered residents and visitors to stop smoking inside its buildings. Massachusetts' third largest housing authority says the full smoking ban is effective Saturday.
It Time to Ban Smoking in Marin's Apartments and Condos?
San Rafael (CA) Patch.com - March 25, 2013
Several California cities and counties have already passed local restrictions on smoking in multi-unit housing. In Marin, that includes San Rafael, Larkspur and ...
Assemblyman Levine draws attention with bill cracking down ...
MENAFN.COM - March 24, 2013
March 24, 2013 (Menafn - The Marin Independent Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --LEGISLATION THAT would ban smoking in California apartment, condominium and townhouse complexes has garnered freshman Assemblyman Marc Levine plenty of attention, most positive; but not all. When Fox News reporter Gretchen Carlson interviewed the newly elected San Rafael Democrat this month she cast a skeptical eye on the idea, describing California as the "so-called nanny state," noting the state has also prohibited clothing donation drop-off boxes, tanning beds for minors, foie gras and entering animal enclosures at zoos. But while Carlson and others may regard the threat of secondhand smoke in apartment buildings a joke, medical experts do not, said Kimberly Amazeen, vice president of programs and advocacy for the American Lung Association in California. The association sponsored Levine's bill.
Smoking in Apartments Be Banned?
Patch.com-March 20, 2013
Would you support a ban on smoking in apartments? ... that banning residents from smoking in their own homes infringes on their rights, according to the paper.
restrictions nothing new
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - by Lois Kazakoff - March 20, 2013
The proposed law to restrict smoking in apartments and condos statewide has generated predictably cries of nanny state and first-you-tax-and-then-you-restrict a legal product. Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders weighed in with her own screed on Smoke gets in your rights.
Lansing rental properties going smoke-free
WKAR-March 19, 2013
In mid-Michigan, the managers of a local apartment complex are marking the day by celebrating their recent status as a smoke-free property. Current State talks ...
bill would ban smoking in apartments
Worcester Telegram & Gazette - March 18, 2013
At 77, Robert B. Bowen said he would like to sell his three-bedroom home and move with his wife into an apartment. But the retired Lunenburg lawyer said it's no easy task since most apartments and condominiums allow smoking. I can't move into an apartment because I'm severely allergic to cigarette smoke, Mr. Bowen said. Anybody who wants to smoke should move into a single-family home so they can have a great time for themselves. For the past three legislative sessions, Mr. Bowen has had state Rep. Jennifer E. Benson, D-Lunenburg, file a bill that would limit smoking to detached single-family homes. The first two bills were recommended to be studied, or to die quietly. This time around, Mr. Bowen said, he hopes anti-smoking groups will help advocate for passage of the bill. But he said he isn't optimistic, because no one he has spoken with will help, including Ms. Benson, who filed the bill. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently completed the country's first research that estimates how many Americans live in multi-unit housing and are at risk of secondhand smoke. The research, released in December, indicates that between 27 million and 29 million Americans experience secondhand smoke infiltration in housing. And about 49,000 people die from secondhand smoke each year, mostly from heart disease and lung cancer. Thousands of cases of other health problems, including bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, are also attributed to secondhand smoke. The CDC study found that 39.8 percent, or 2.6 million Massachusetts residents, live in multi-unit housing. While 2.1 million of them don't allow smoking in their homes, nearly one million still experience the infiltration of secondhand smoke into their apartments or condominiums. Smoke travels from one apartment to another through cracks, insulation, power outlets and HVAC systems.
Smoking: New Ban for St. Clair County Public Housing Units ...
Riverfront Times (blog) - March 18, 2013
In St. Louis County, elected officials and business owners have been fighting over a proposal to ban smoking inside most establishments -- even ones that were previously exempt. But across the river, St. Clair County is successfully pushing forward with a different kind of smoking policy and one that officials say will likely be the start of a trend: a ban on smoking inside public housing complexes.
Renters deserve relief from smoking
Sacramento (CA) Bee - March 17, 2013
Fewer than 14 percent of Californians smoke cigarettes or other tobacco products. While they have the right to choose the risks of smoking for themselves, they do not have the right to impose their smoke involuntarily on others. That is why California has statewide laws that ban smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars. Now legislators are considering taking the next step apartments and condominiums. With shared walls, floors, ceilings or ventilation systems, the drift of smoke is palpable in neighboring units. A child with asthma or an elderly person with multiple health issues or any nonsmoker who doesn't want the health hazard of secondhand smoke
battle over secondhand smoke hits home
Orange County Register - March 15, 2013
The battle over secondhand smoke is intensifying in California, as the focus
shifts from public spaces to the most private of places: Lighting up at home.
Liz Williams, project manager for the nonprofit Americans for Nonsmokers'
Rights, applauds the trend toward quashing secondhand smoke. "People, especially
in California, are very used to breathing smoke-free air," she said, "and
people are very upset that their home environment is often the last place they
are exposed to smoke."
public housing units in St. Clair County to ban smoking July 1
Belleville News Democrat - March 15, 2013
Three federally assisted housing units operated by the St. Clair County Housing Authority will go smoke-free this summer. "This is a national trend with HUD," said Jan Douglass, Community Health Program Coordinator with the St. Clair County Health Department. "They really want public housing to go smoke-free. It's about policy change, so it's going to be done in small steps."
Guide to California's Proposed Ban on Smoking in Apartments
KQED (blog) - March 14, 2013
It would be one of the toughest smoking laws in the country, and affect some 12 ... that restrict playing loud music late at night, or smoking in a car with a baby, ...
proposes sweeping anti-smoking legislation
Mother Nature Network (blog) - March 13, 2013
If it passes, California's new state-wide anti-smoking ban would be the most ... have implemented their own legislation banning smoking in multiunit buildings.
owners win secondhand smoke case
Orange County Register - March 12, 2013
An Orange County jury has found a homeowners association negligent for failing to resolve a secondhand smoke dispute between neighbors at a Trabuco...
smoking ban sought in housing
San Francisco Chronicle - March 11, 2013
People living in townhouses, condominiums and other attached units would be prohibited from smoking indoors under a ban proposed by a state lawmaker - the most sweeping antismoking legislative proposal in the country. Single-family detached homes are not included as they don't share walls or ventilation system. Marijuana smoking is not addressed either. Outdoor smoking ...
Terrace plans to go smoke free
Asheville Citizen-Times - March 11, 2013
Asheville Terrace Apartments, which offers subsidized housing for older adults, plans to ban smoking inside apartments. We felt very strongly that really its long overdue for the health of everybody who occupies the dwelling, said Lawrence Gilliam, president of the complexs board.
Smoke-Free Apartment Communities in High Demand
Commercial Property Executive (blog) - March 9, 2013
Residents at the new Water Garden Village community in northwest Raleigh can breathe easy on the entire 11-acre property. According to WRAL, the recently opened 100 percent smoke-free apartment complex has been successful, leasing within nearly a month of opening.
Big Tobacco's Unlikely Allies in the Effort to Keep the Poor Hooked on Cigarettes
Berkeley Daily Planet March 3, 2013
Imagine a committee meeting where California legislators gather to consider AB746, Congressional Representative Marc Levines proposal to protect people in multi-unit housing from secondhand smoke. Picture the table, the chairs, the people milling about shaking hands and making introductions.
Smoking Ban Would Prohibit People From Smoking Inside Their Own Homes
Huffington Post - March 1, 2013
In the mid-1990s, California became the first state to ban smoking tobacco in bars, clubs and restaurants. Now, if a bill introduced last month by one Golden State Democrat becomes law, California would likely become the first state to prohibit millions of its citizens from smoking in their own homes.
ban impact on Modesto-area rentals is uneven
Modesto Bee - March 1, 2013
MODESTO -- Modesto-area property and apartment managers are split on the merits of proposed legislation that would ban smoking in all of the state's multiunit dwellings. "It's tough to make a decision that says we require every smoker to stop smoking immediately in their home," said VIP Management property manager Chad Brown, whose company operates three large complexes with more than 750 units total in Modesto. "Personally, there's nothing I want more in properties than to have them stop smoking. I'd love to do that, but it doesn't seem practical." Last week, Assemblyman March c Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced Assembly Bill 746, which would restrict smoking in owner-occupied residences and rental units ...
crosses the line in deal with unit owners
Chicago Tribune - March 1, 2013
Q: I am writing about the cigarette smoke of one of our owners. His main pleasure in life is smoking. The smoke from his unit permeates into the adjoining units. A few years ago, we attempted to revise our declaration to make the building smoke-free, but that initiative failed. What are our options?
A: Condominium boards are increasingly dealing with cigarette smoke-related transmission issues. The detrimental health effects of second-hand smoke are well-documented. In order for an association to become a smoke-free building, the declaration or bylaws must be amended to prohibit smoking, which requires unit-owner approval.
Alternatively, the board may also adopt reasonable rules and regulations implementing smoke abatement procedures to mitigate (or prevent) the transmission of smoke between units. Such rules would not prohibit smoking in units, but would outline protocols when complaints of smoke transmission occur, such as the use of air vents and/or requiring a board-approved air purification system. Without question, the board may prohibit smoking in the common elements by rule and regulation.
apartment community goes smoke-free
WRAL.com - March 1, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. here are smoking bans at restaurants, parks and other public places, but apartment communities? The Water Garden Village in northwest Raleigh is a new apartment complex where residents can live without ever dealing with second-hand smoke on the 11-acre property.
bill would ban smoking in multi-unit housing
The San Luis Obispo Tribune - February 28, 2013
Millions of Californians would not be able to smoke tobacco inside their own homes under new legislation that would raise the bar nationwide for fighting secondhand smoke. No state ever has ventured into personal bedrooms and living rooms with its smoking restrictions, but California is going even further than that by targeting owner-occupied residences as well as rental units. Specifically, the measure would prohibit lighting up a cigarette, cigar or pipe in condominiums, duplexes and apartment units.
Bill Text: CA AB746:
Bill Title: Smoking: prohibition in multifamily dwellings.
May be heard in committee March 24.
LegiScan - February 28, 2013
Apartments in Adams to go smoke-free March 1
North Adams Transcript - February 26, 2013
ADAMS -- Effective March 1, all units in the Greylock Apartment complex on Myrtle Street will be designated smoke-free. Owner Donald Sommer said it's a ...
Queens complexes have smoke-free living
TimesLedger - February 23, 2013
Residents in a co-op building at Hilltop Village in Hollis can breath [sic] easy in their apartments now that it has snuffed out cigarettes and is completely smoke-free. "I wish they did the same where I live," said Mindy Rodriguez, who lives in the neighborhood and was walking her dog in front of Hilltop Village, at 87-50 204th St. "I dont like smoking to begin with and when I start thinking about possible fires, I really start to worry."
Targeted in Multi-Unit Housing
Alton Daily News · WBGZ 1570 AM - February 19, 2013
More than one-million people worldwide die of lung cancer each year, including more than 150-thousand in the United States. A big reason for that is tobacco use, according to the American Cancer Society. There is new information that apparently shows a link to secondhand smoke in apartment complexes, even in cases where the smoker lives in another unit, so a local group is pushing for a smoking ban in such complexes.
boards can regulate tobacco smoke in common areas
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald - Feb 16, 2013
And more and more associations are considering a ban on smoking in the individual units (and without any grandfather provision). Such an aggressive ban will likely require an amendment to the declaration (requiring owner approval), and not simply a rule ...
Considers Smoke Free Public Housing
KWQC 6-Feb 15, 2013
Update: Police say they have recovered a body from the Mississippi River. No further details are available. Police and emergency crews are on the shore of the ...
Lawsuit on Secondhand Smoke: A Court Decides If a Co-op Is Liable
Habitat Magazine - February 7, 2013
Susan Reinhard , a shareholder in Connaught Tower Corporation at 300 East 54th Street in Manhattan, sued that co-op because it did not remediate secondhand smoke she claimed was seeping into her apartment. Is a co-op liable to a shareholder who claims damages because of this? The court eventually concluded that the co-op was negligent, as a matter of law, because it had notice of the smoke condition yet did nothing to remediate it. The court also determined that the lease required the co-op to fix the wall. However, the court dismissed Reinhard's claim of breach of fiduciary duty, explaining that a co-op does not owe a fiduciary duty to its shareholders. This is one in a series of cases where the courts are grappling with secondhand smoke. Breach of warranty of habitability and constructive eviction are issues that have an impact on leased properties, including co-ops claims unavailable to condominium owners, for whom we've courts consider claims of nuisance where condo owners complain of secondhand smoke.
housing effort keeps gaining momentum
Janesville Gazette - February 7, 2013
A countywide effort to make multiunit apartment buildings smoke-free is making progress. One property management company recently converted its Janesville complexes to smoke-free, and other landlords are interested in making the switch, said DeeDee Williams, prevention specialist with Rock County Youth2Youth.
County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to become ...
The Star Beacon - February 7, 2013
KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP Residents of the Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center learned Wednesday that their home will become a no-smoking residence come July 1. It's my goal (for the nursing home) to be smoke free, she said. Employees who ... But he said the trend in the industry is to make nursing homes smoke free.
ARCATA LOOKING TO BAN
SMOKING IN APARTMENTS AND ON TAVERN ROW: CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT
KIEM-TV News Channel 3 (Eureka, CA) - February 6, 2013
The City of Arcata is looking to ban smoking in areas surrounding the plaza and apartment buildings. The City Council is talking about it at tonight's meeting; they want to expand on the smoking laws already in place.
goes tobacco-free in 2013
Atascadero News-February 6, 2013
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY All of Housing Authority of SSan Luis Obispo's public housing units are tobacco-free as of Jan. 1. The mission of HASLO is to ...
Authority to implement smoking ban
Northern Star Online - February 4, 2013
Smokers living in Housing Authority apartments will have to change their habits by June 2014 as a smoking ban will take effect that month. We are not telling ...
apartment landlords look to go smoke-free
Aurora Advocate - February 4, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Two major apartment landlords in central Ohio are implementing smoke-free policies this year as the share of the population that lights ...
Peter apartment complexes ban smoking
Mankato Free Press - February 3, 2013
ST PETER Charles Schnitzler used to be able to smoke in his home, but no longer. Its been kind of rough, but Im doing OK, the 85-year-old said of his St. Peter apartment complexs recent ban on smoking anywhere in the building.
authority approves smoke-free policy
Dekalb Daily Chronicle - January 28, 2013
DeKALB The DeKalb County Housing Authority board approved a smoke-free policy for all properties beginning June 1, 2014, to create healthier living conditions.
survey finds smokers want smoke-free housing
Sun-Sentinel - January 26, 2013
Even many smokers are bothered by the stench of secondhand smoke in their apartment buildings and would prefer if the buildings had smoke-free policies, according to a survey done for the Broward Regional Health Planning Council.
Does smoke-free housing appeal to you?
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Sun-Sentinel - January 26, 2013
A survey for the Regional Broward Health Planning Council found that even many smokers would welcome living in smoke-free housing. Would you live in smoke-free housing?
make effort to protect tenants from second-hand smoke
KFSN ABC-30 (Fresno, CA) - January 26, 2013
You don't have to inhale "second-hand smoke" to be affected by the potential cancer-causing fumes. "I never smoked in my life," said Beatrice, a person affected by second-hand smoke. "I never even touched a cigarette." But Beatrice Has COPD and nodules on her lungs from inhaling someone else's cigarette smoke while she lived in an apartment. Research Scientist Doctor Andrew Hyland said, "You're looking at an estimate of anywhere between 40 and 60,000 deaths per year attributable to second-hand smoke." That's more than all fatal car crashes each year. 28 states banned smoking in public places but smoking in apartments is still legal. Now some property owners are adopting smoke-free policies.
wake of Pariseau high-rise fire, Manchester housing officials ...
NewHampshire.com-January 20, 2013
MANCHESTER - Top officials at the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority said the organization will discuss a smoking ban in the apartments it ...
View: Make public housing smoke-free
Carlisle (PA) Sentinel - Jan 20, 2013
Their logic is perplexing: Second-hand smoke is dangerous enough to ban smoking among future residents. Yet second-hand smoke is not so dangerous that it should be banned for existing tenants. ... The Redevelopment Authority Board should be ashamed of it ...
Public Housing Authority Goes Smoke Free
Johnston (RI) Patch.com - January 18, 2013
The Johnston Housing Authority went smoke free on Jan. 2, joining 15 other public housing authorities in the state to provide smoke-free living for tenants, the ...
Housing celebrates a smoke-free year
Cumberland (RI) Valley Breeze - January 17, 2013
It has been exactly one year since a ban on smoking went into effect inside the seven city buildings operated by the Woonsocket Housing Authority, and although it was controversial at first, Executive Director Robert Kulik said he believes 99 percent of r ...
James HRA adopts Smoke Free Policy for Park Apartments
St. James Plaindealer - January 15, 2013
The St James HRA board adopted a smoke free policy that will go into effect on ... The smoke-free policy covers all units, all common areas, and 25 feet around ...
Ban is a Big Change for Residents
WMTV - January 8, 2013
Some local apartments are banning smoking indoors amidst encouragement from the federal government. In Fort Atkinson, the Parkview and Rockland Court Apartments will begin banning smoking in individual units next month. The facilities get rental assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which has encouraged management companies to make the switch with additional grant points and repeated health notices. At Rockland, staff plan to designate a smoking gazebo, but some residents still say the new rules do not make sense.
council toughens smoking restrictions
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - January 7, 2013
The Petaluma City Council unanimously voted Monday to broaden citywide restrictions on smoking to include private living spaces, medical marijuana and electronic cigarettes. Most restrictions will take effect in a month in public places, such as bus stops, outdoor dining areas, city parking lots and commercial sidewalks. The restrictions covering private living quarters will be phased in. In existing apartments, duplexes and condos -- any housing with at least one shared wall -- smoking will be prohibited beginning Dec. 16 to allow for leases to expire and to be changed. New multi-family housing units must be smoke-free by July 16. ...
of Housing & Urban Development News Briefs
Novogradac Company LLP - January 3, 2013
HUD announced on Nov. 23 in the Federal Register that it has reopened the public comment period regarding the implementation of smoke-free policies for both public housing and multifamily housing. HUD asks resident councils, advocacy groups, housing providers and the general public to submit comments on best practices and practical strategies for implementing smoke-free policies, ideas for overcoming potential obstacles in implementing the policies and methods for supporting residents and housing providers in the transition to smoke-free housing. HUD also seeks input from housing providers that have decided not to implement a smoking ban on their properties. HUD initially posted a notice requesting public comments on Oct. 4 and the deadline was originally Nov. 5. Comments may now be submitted until Jan. 22, 2013. More information is available at www.hudresourcecenter.com.
apartment complex goes smoke-free
Visalia Times-Delta - January 3, 2013
If you have an interest in living in a smoke-free apartment or are a property owner with an interest in starting a non-smoking policy, please contact Danette Franz ...
ban coming for residents of North Adams Housing Authority
North Adams Transcript - January 2, 2013
North Adams Housing Authority is moving toward a policy to ban smoking by May in housing it provides for low-income individuals and families.
Wayne Public Housing goes smoke-free
WANE - January 1, 2013
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Fort Wayne Public Housing residents are starting off the new year in a smoke-free environment. Beginning Tuesday, January 1, ...
Should public housing ban smoking on site?
Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard blogs - December 31, 2012
A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month reported that an estimated 27 to 29 million Americans living in multi-unit housing are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke in their homes, even though they don't allow smoking in their units.
Guest View: No place for tobacco smoke in multi-unit housing
New Bedford (MA) Standard-Times - December 28, 2012
A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Dec. 14 reported that an estimated 27 million to 29 million Americans living in multi-unit housing are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke in their homes even though they don't allow smoking in their homes. According to the study, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, of the 79.2 million people in the U.S. who live in multi-unit housing, about 62.7 million don't allow smoking in their home. In New Bedford, approximately 65 percent of all residents live in multi-unit housing, leaving an estimated 61,797 residents potentially exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke that originated from somewhere else in or around their buildings. The good news for Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham is that a new project of Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast, a regional wellness coalition aiming for healthier communities through policy and systems change, tackles this problem head-on. ...
condo building 1 Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn bans smoking by owners and tenants
New York Post - December 24, 2012
Condo owners at tony 1 Grand Army Plaza -- a k a 1 Prospect Park, where residents are famous for parading around in the buff, giving parkgoers an eyeful through their floor-to-ceiling windows -- will now face fines if they dare to light up in their
free public housing in RI
MyFOX Providence WNAC - December 19, 2012
Providence, R.I. (WPRI) - The Rhode Island Department of Health has recognized 16 of the state's 25 public housing authorities for implementing smoking bans in their units.
Authority Considers Smoking Ban
ErieTVNews - December 18, 2012
The Erie Housing Authority is considering a ban on smoking in all of its 14 public housing neighborhoods. Before making any decisions, they asked residents of public housing what they think about the idea. The smoking question was part of an annual safety survey mailed to about 2,000 tenants.
Housing Authority residents split on whether to limit smoking
Erie (PA) Times-News - December 17, 2012
A survey the authority distributes annually for the first time this year asked residents if they were in favor of prohibiting smoking, both in outside areas owned by the authority and inside agency-owned apartments and houses. ...
Offers Cash to Community Groups Who Convince Buildings to Go Smoke Free
New York Observer - December 17, 2012
He's offering community groups who convince buildings to go smoke-free a $10,000 thank-you, to be paid out by a Centers for Disease Control grant.
smoke affects most apartment residents
USA Today December 15, 2012
Nearly half of Americans who don't smoke in their apartments are still exposed to secondhand ... CDC: Chlamydia, gonorrhea cases increasing ... smoke; Secondhand smokes affects 44 million who live in multi-unit housing ...
Dwellers Not Protected From Secondhand Smoke
RedOrbit - December 15, 2012
This includes 27.6 million to 28.9 million with smoke-free apartments or condos. ... Smoke-free laws have been enacted across the nation in the last decade, but ...
Richmond apartments ban smoking
WWBT - December 13, 2012
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Smoking in Link Apartments Manchester could lead to fines and eviction. Link Apartments Manchester is one of Richmond's newest developments. It is visible from the Manchester Bridge. There is a work-out room, free garage parking, and views of the Richmond skyline. But there is a catch - smoking is banned on the premises. "We have decided to make our community be Richmond's first big property that has completely no smoking anywhere," said property manager Diane Walston.
Congratulations to HRA on smoke-free housing
Worthington Daily Globe - December 12, 2012
On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) will be celebrating the implementation of its smoke-free housing policy.
Thank you for not smoking in public housing
Belleville (IL) News-Democrat - December 2, 2012
Illinois hasn't allowed smoking in restaurants, bars and most public buildings since January 2008. Government-owned public housing one of the exceptions. Finally, that may be about to change. The leaders of St. Clair County's We Choose Health Initiative are pushing to make public housing smoke-free over the next few years. ...
Housing Authority asks residents whether homes should go smoke-free
GoErie.com - December 1, 2012
Every year, the Erie Housing Authority asks its residents whether they feel safe in their homes and whether the authority is doing its job. This year, the authority wants to know something else, as well: Should smoking be prohibited or limited on Housing Authority property?
County Housing Authority to Make Public Housing Smoke-Free Starting Dec. 1
MarketWatch (press release) - November 28, 2012
TUKWILA, Wash., November 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The King County Housing Authority will extinguish smoking in all its public housing units starting Dec. 1. "Everyone benefits from a smoke-free living environment. The smoke-free policy is aimed at protecting nonsmokers - especially children, the frail elderly, and ...
would require landlords to designate non-smoking apartments
San Francisco Examiner (CA)- November 15, 2012
Although they often butt heads, landlords and tenant advocates have joined forces in support of a proposed new ordinance that apartment owners believe could increase the supply of smoke-free rental housing in The City. ...
the smoke settle
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - November 9, 2012
Certainly some residents will feel their rights are being stubbed out along with their cigarettes when a smoking ban takes effect on Jan. 1 at housing units owned by the Fort Wayne Housing Authority. But there usually are strings attached to government assistance, and for good reason.
Housing Authority considers smoking ban in public housing
SouthCoastToday.com / Advocate - November 8, 2012
FAIRHAVEN With a smoking ban being considered by the Fairhaven Housing Authority, a large number of residents turned out for a special meeting Nov. 5 at Oxford Terrace.
Louis Park Discusses Smoke-Free Housing
KSTP.com - November 8, 2012
Rental property owners, managers, housing authority representatives and others can attend an upcoming meeting and learn how adopting smoke-free policies for multi-unit housing facilities that can save money and attract renters.
public housing good for health, safety and costs
Bellingham Herald - November 5, 2012
Sorry, smokers, but soon there will be one less place for you to light up: in Tacoma's publicly subsidized housing. No doubt many smokers are dreading the ...
units to go smoke-free
WCSH-TV - November 3, 2012
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine State Housing Authority is imposing a new smoke-free policy in all future units, making Maine the first state to require ...
aims to make Wareham senior housing smoke-free
Wareham Week - November 1, 2012
Smokers in Wareham's senior public housing will soon be asked to put out their cigarettes. Wareham, along with New Bedford and Fall River, will be the focus of a new initiative, funded with a $1 million federal "Community Transformation" grant, aimed at eliminating smoking in multi-unit housing -- especially public housing.
housing to go smoke-free
WISH - November 1, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Residents of public housing in Fort Wayne won't be allowed to smoke in their apartments or within 20 feet of their buildings starting Jan. 1.
Wayne Housing Authority bans smoking in its buildings
News Sentinel - November 1, 2012
Effective Jan. 1, smoking will be prohibited inside apartments rented from The Fort Wayne Public Housing Authority. Residents also will be prohibited from smoking anywhere else in the buildings or within 20 feet of the buildings.
Housing Authority adopts smoking ban, dwellings to go smoke-free ...
TheNewsTribune.com (blog) - November 1, 2012
The battle over second-hand smoke moved into Tacomas publicly subsidized homes and apartments earlier this month and smoking lost. In a 2 to 1 vote last week, the Tacoma Housing Authoritys Board of Commissioners outlawed smoking inside all of the agencys 1,400 dwellings.The ban, which is set to take effect March 1, will impact about 3,000 residents who live throughout the authoritys affordable housing network across the city.
You Need to Know About Santa Monica's New Smoking Law
Santa Monica (CA) Patch.com - October 25, 2012
Tenants who move into apartments and condos in Santa Monica after Nov. 22 will find it's illegal to smoke inside their units. A new law banning tobacco and marijuana smoke in multi-unit housing was adopted with a second vote by the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night and takes effect Nov. 23.
Monica Adopts New Smoking Law For All Multi-Unit Housing ...
Santa Monica Mirror - October 25, 2012
Santa Monica on Tuesday adopted a law with new smoking rules that affect all multi-unit housing in the City. The law includes the following: -- All new occupancies after Nov. 22, 2012 are non-smoking: Starting on this date, all newly occupied units in multi-unit residential properties in Santa Monica are declared non-smoking. This includes all apartments and condominiums. So, anyone moving into an apartment or condo in Santa Monica after November 22 can't smoke in the unit. -- Owners must start smoking survey by January 21, 2013: Before this date, all landlords and condo homeowners' associations are required to begin a survey of current occupants, who must then designate their units either "smoking" or "non-smoking." For other deadlines and details about this process, see the attached designation process sheet or go to smconsumer.org. -- Current occupants grandfathered: Existing occupants can continue to smoke inside their units if they designate the units as "smoking."
Santa Monica Smoking Ban to Take Effect Next Month
The Lookout News - October 25, 2012
After a year of debate, the Santa Monica City Council gave final approval Tuesday to a law that bans smoking in all apartment and condo units occupied after November 22.
Cities Ban Smoking In Apartment Buildings
Here And Now - October 23, 2012
Last week, the city council decided to follow nine other cities in California and vote unanimously to ban smoking in multi-family homes. The ordinance also ...
Rafael Smoking Ban: California City Bars Smoking In Duplexes, Condominiums,
and Other Multi-Family Homes
Huffington Post - October 16, 2012
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., October 15 (Reuters) - A San Francisco suburb on Monday banned smoking in duplexes, condominiums and other multi-family homes, with city leaders saying they hoped to lead a wave of such regulations across California and ultimately the country.
Green Apartments to put out smoke with no smoking policy
Glens Falls (NY) Post-Star - October 15, 2012
Village Green Apartments, a federally subsidized housing complex in Glens Falls for low-income individuals and families, is going smoke free. New rules, which take effect Jan. 1, prohibit smoking within apartments, in common areas, within 50 feet of
Arms Senior Complex Goes Smoke - October 9, 2012
Joliet (IL) Patch - Oct 8, 2012
The 242-unit seniors building is the first in Joliet to prohibit smoking, according to the Will County Health Department.
Monica Council Revives Smoking Ban in Apartments
The Lookout News - October 4, 2012
October 4, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council banned smoking in all new ... 5-to-2 vote Tuesday finally approved a smoking ban after over a year of debate. ... has maintained that though he agrees with banning smoking in apartments, the ...
$30,000 grant designed to convert properties to "smoke-free"
Bradenton (FL) Herald - Oct 3, 2012
A $30,000 grant has been awarded to the Manatee County Health Department to promote smoke-free policies in multiunit apartments, condos and dormitories.
smoking ban shows no problems so far, officials say
Daily Free Press (MA) - October 3, 2012
Housing officials said the ban on smoking in Boston public housing that took ... The initiative makes Boston the largest U.S. city to ban smoking within public ...
Rafael officials approve tough new smoking rules
Marin (CA) Independent Journal - October 2, 2012
San Rafael officials approved the county's toughest anti-tobacco ordinance to date on Monday, banning smoking from all apartments and condominiums, in addition to parks, bus stops, restaurant patios and many other outdoor spaces.
offers landlords help in going 'smoke-free'
Bay News 9 - October 2, 2012
Apartment buildings and condominiums that want to go "Smoke-Free" can now receive free help. Manatee County Health Department has received a grant from the Florida Department of Health to help apartments and condos create smoke-free policies.
Point CDA properties to go smoke free in future
WSAU - October 2, 2012
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - Stevens Point's Community Development Authority is looking to make their housing properties smoke free in the future. Director ...
housing authority's senior units going smoke-free
Schenectady Gazette - October 1, 2012
The Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority announced this morning that its senior housing developments will be going smoke-free on April 1. The policy ...
Rafael officials to consider strict smoking rules
Marin Independent-Journal - September 29, 2012
In the latest effort to reduce secondhand smoke in Marin, officials in San Rafael on Monday will consider the county's most strict anti-smoking ordinance to date. The ordinance would ban smoking from all apartments and condominiums, in addition to many outdoor spaces such as parks, bus stops and restaurant patios.
set to become largest city in US to ban smoking in public housing
Boston.com - September 28, 2012
Next week, Boston will become largest city in the country to ban smoking in public housing. ... 30, banning anyone from smoking inside Boston Housing Authority ...
Housing Options in NYC Need to Expand
Huffington Post (blog) - September 28, 2012
Here in New York City's five boroughs, tremendous progress has been made over the last few years when it comes to the number of areas where people can enjoy clean, smokefree air. Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council, our parks, beaches and hospital grounds are smokefree. A number of City University of New York campuses declared themselves 100 percent smokefree as well. These actions not only protect us -- they reinforce the message that secondhand smoke is unsafe and exposure can be hazardous to health. Yet despite good choices being made by government and by organizations who've declared themselves smokefree, one place where too many New Yorkers find no escape from secondhand smoke is in their very own homes. This needs to change.
smoking' coming to York housing authority properties
York Daily Record - September 28, 2012
York's housing authority listened and made sure residents had a chance to voice their opinions, board members said. Then the York Housing Authority voted unanimously Thursday night to prohibit smoking in the more than 1,000 authority-owned apartments and on surrounding property.
Authority units to become smoke-free
Wink News - September 14, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's your money, and we've learned that other people smoking is costing you thousands of tax dollars. So, starting January 1st, all Fort Myers Housing Authority buildings will become smoke-free.
Myers Housing Authority properties to go smoke-free
The News-Press - September 13, 2012
Fort Myers Housing Authority properties to go smoke-free ... Fort Myers Housing Authority announced Thursday that all of its properties will soon be smoke-free.
smoke exposure persists in multi-unit housing
Medical Xpress - September 11, 2012
A majority of Americans who live in multi-unit housing have adopted smoke-free rules in their private homes but millions remain involuntarily exposed to secondhand smoke in this environment, according to a study published in the most recent issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers led by senior investigator Andrew Hyland, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), recommend smoke-free building policies to protect all multiunit residents from secondhand smoke exposure in their homes.
Out: A Yorkville Condo Goes Smoke-Free. Here's How It Did It.
Habitat magazine - September 11, 2012
Sept. 11, 2012 As Stephen Budow sees it, there are two kinds of people in this world. One believes ...
Multi-Unit Housings in San Bernardino County Go Smoke ...
Highland Community News (subscription) - September 7, 2012
Apartment and townhome complexes in the cities of San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Redlands, Colton, Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, and Rialto have implemented regulations to protect residents in multi-unit housing from environmental exposure to secondhand smoke.
smoking ban to begin
Mission Hill Gazette - September 7, 2012
A ban on smoking anywhere inside Boston Housing Authority (BHA) buildingsincluding tenants apartmentsgoes into effect on Sept. 30.
County public housing agency moves toward smoking bans
Patriot-News - September 6, 2012
His strategy for stamping out temptation and other cigarette-related ills includes an additional tactic: banning smoking at Two West Penn, a Carlisle public housing complex for seniors. Mackley, who lives at Two West Penn, circulated a petition. But the ban will likely occur even without his effort. Its definitely happening, said Ben Laudermilch, executive director of the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities, which oversees Two West Penn.
public housing goes smoke free
WDEF News 12 - September 1, 2012
(AP) Nashville's Metropolitan Housing and Development Agency says a new policy to ban smoking inside their high rise residence buildings will go into effect ...
apartments to go smoke-free next June
NewHampshire.com - September 3, 2012
But non-smokers say they have a right to clean air, and they're miffed that the initial ... reviewed a recommendation by Stewart to make the property non-smoking ...
George's County Bans Smoking In Public Housing
WAMU - August 17, 2012
Prince George's County Bans Smoking In Public Housing ... Public housing residents in Prince George's County will soon be banned from smoking in ... Housing and Community Development is working on guidelines for implementing the ban.
considers restricting smoking in apartment buildings
Glendale News Press (CA) - August 13, 2012
Pasadena's ban on smoking in apartment units is set to begin next year, but
Santa ... night, he'd like to explore the possibility of banning smoking in
apartment units over time, ... Glendale bans smoking in general, including hookah,
inside most ...
banned in city's tallest building
Albert Lea Tribune - August 8, 2012
The largest housing complex owned and operated by the Albert Lea Housing and Redevelopment Authority has gone smoke-free. Starting Aug. 1, people living in Shady Oaks, 800 S. Fourth Ave., can no longer smoke in their apartments or in common areas. Tenants now must go outside if they want to light up a cigarette.
a smoke-filled room...
Cigarettes are banned from bars and restaurants. Could apartments be next?
Colorado Springs Independent (CO) - August 1, 2012
Nationwide, many faces and names are attached to the latest battle in the smoking war, but in Colorado Springs one woman personifies the issue.
Elizabeth Reed is known to government officials for her long-winded speeches at City Council meetings, her barrages of e-mails to the Housing Authority of the City of Colorado Springs, her petitions and badgering.
"[The Housing Authority] is trying to kill my mom," Reed, a part-time geriatric caregiver, writes in one of her many e-mails to the Independent, "and the smokers are happy to help." ...
smoke creating a stink
Sun-Sentinel (FL) - August 1, 2012
Smoke Free Housing is a 63 page compilation of material that includes specific ... Smoke-free housing saves on property maintenance costs from cleaning and ...
residential smoking ban in Santa Monica fails
Los Angeles Times - July 25, 2012
Santa Monica city leaders tabled a ban on residential smoking, citing ... Weiss said he supported the city's bans on smoking on the Promenade and the Santa Monica ... In Santa Monica, smoking is banned at public parks, beaches, libraries, ...
coalition receives grant
Fond du Lac Reporter (WI) - July 25, 2012
The Five Counties for Tobacco-Free Living will receive a $160000 Transform Wisconsin Impact Grant to increase the number of smoke-free apartments, ...
money aimed at smoke-free rentals
AP - Associated Press (WI)- Jul 25, 2012
Public health officials in La Crosse County will use part of a $450,000 state grant to persuade more landlords to ban smoking in their apartment buildings.
wants to ban smoking in apartments
WHBY (WI) - July 25, 2012
Fox Cities news and talk radio with the latest local and national news radio broadcast. Northeast Wisconsin sports radio for Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee ...
groups to promote smoke-free housing
Journal Times (WI) - July 25, 2012
RACINE - Two community organizations are teaming up to push for smoke-free multi-unit housing complexes across Racine County. On Tuesday, Focus on ...
ban may gasp final breath
Santa Monica Daily Press - July 24, 2012
CITY HALL A controversial decision to ban smoking for new tenants and condominium owners in Santa Monica looks likely to be reversed today with two of its former supporters signaling a change of heart.
Fe County public housing to go smoke-free
AP - Associated Press - Jul 17, 2012
The Santa Fe County Housing Authority Board last month adopted a policy prohibiting smoking inside all units and public spaces at its three housing sites: Camino Jacobo, Valle Vista and Santa Cruz.
Banned Inside Santa Monica Residences
NBC Los Angeles July 11, 2012
Smoking is already banned at beaches, parks, restaurants and near ... council sought to expand that prohibition and voted 4-2 to ban smoking for all new tenants. ... The coastal city's smoking bans date back almost two decades and Radinsky ...
community to vote on smoking ban option
Washington Post - Jul 11, 2012
Greenbelt Homes Inc., a cooperative that owns about 1,600 row houses in historic Greenbelt, is considering a rule that would allow residents to ban smoking in the properties if all of those living in a row of four to five homes are in agreement.
public housing agencies prohibit smoking
Newsworks.org - July 9, 2012
More than 230 public housing agencies around the country have banned their
... Typically, public housing bans prohibit smoking both in individual units,
can ban smoking but not by just posting a sign
Los Angeles Times - July 8, 2012
California landlords can forbid smoking in common areas and individual units.
But the smoking ban must be included in each tenant's rental agreement.
to ban smoking in public housing deserves to become law
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - Jul 7, 2012
Some readers may remember my story back in April, about a bill fighting for its life in the Legislature a bill to ban smoking in Hawaii's public housing.This is ...
smoking ban in public housing raises cultural issues
Allentown Morning Call - Jul 7, 2012
Allentown smoking ban in public housing raises cultural issues, says Morning Call columnist Paul Carpenter. The ban generates a debate that reflects cultural ...
ban in effect for Allentown Housing Authority
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com - Jul 4, 2012
When you walked in here it used to be like walking through a gauntlet of smoke, said Jeanne Fignar of Tobacco Free Northeast PA. We're encouraged that ...
Pa. city housing authority bans smoking
Centre Daily Times - Jul 5, 2012
Residents of public housing in one eastern Pennsylvania city will have to light up outside beginning this week as a smoking ban goes into effect, only the second ...
officially snuffed out in county housing
KGET 17 - July 2, 2012
Smoking is banned in the county's Housing Authority apartments. ... for five years, so he feels banning smoking inside the building is outrageous. ... HACK's Deputy Director Patricia Norris says the ban should not come as a surprise to tenants.
Authority adds provisions to policies
Alamogordo Daily News - July 2, 2012
The board voted unanimously to approve a new policy that will ban smoking ...
Alamogordo's housing authority will implement a policy that bans smoking by
smoking ban: Residents can't turn to law for relief
York Daily Record - Jun 30, 2012
Housing authorities across the country have been enacting smoking bans for the last ... more than 30 California municipalities that have already banned smoking in public ... Banning smoking is a growing trend, not just in housing, Harper said.
applaud smoke-free policies
Hanford Sentinel - June 28, 2012
Editor: The effort of the Kings County Tobacco-Free Partnership in working with multi-unit housing complexes on the adoption of voluntary smoke-free policies should be commended.
apartments going smoke-free July 1
Lewiston (ME) Sun Journal - Jun 22, 2012
Grand View Apartments, a senior living facility on Backkingdom Road, will go smoke-free starting July 1.
Releases Smoke-Free Housing Toolkit
Housing Finance News, June 20, 2012
In a move aimed at providing healthier homes, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) unveiled a smoke-free housing tool kit for property owners.
The toolkit includes information to implement a no-smoking policy and a sample resident survey.
protest proposed smoking ban in York Housing Authority homes
York (PA) Daily Record - Jun 13, 2012
Smoking would be banned in all units and within 25 feet of entrances and windows,
Housing Policy (PDF)
York Housing Authority (PA) - Jun 13, 2012
1. Smoking is not permitted in Housing Authority buildings, including apartments, in accordance with the following guidelines. ...
considering smoking ban at York Housing Authority offerings
York Daily Record - June 12, 2012
York, PA - A proposal to ban smoking inside and out of all York Housing Authority
... Smoking would be banned in all units and within 25 feet of entrances and
imposes smoking ban on 2000 California apartments
Los Angeles Times - Jun 10, 2012
The Towbes Group Inc. of Santa Barbara said it has become the largest apartment
portfolio in California to impose a no-smoking policy on individual units and
owners ban smoking at 3 Ventura complexes
Ventura County Star - June 6, 2012
The Santa Barbara-based Towbes Group Inc. said its new smoke-free policy will affect 480 units at Cypress Meadows, Cypress Point and Ralston Courtyards.
upset about second-hand smoke
9NEWS.com - June 4, 2012
Two years ago when a smoking ban went into effect at the Aurora Village apartments, a HUD complex that houses seniors and disabled people, Sally Frontera thought she'd be able to breathe easy. But, according to the apartment building, several people are grandfathered in by HUD rules and still allowed to smoke. ...
County outlaws smoking in multi-family housing complexes
Marin Independent-Journal - May 23, 2012
An ordinance banning smoking in apartment and condominium complexes in Marin's
unincorporated areas drew unanimous approval from the Marin County Board of
Supervisors on Tuesday.
No one protested the proposal, which drew support
from a spectrum of groups represented by the Smoke Free Marin Coalition as well
as the American Lung ...
bans smoking within multi-family complexes should more ...
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - May 23, 2012
Belmont was the trendsetter in this housing complex anti-smoking ban, when it ... ordinance this week banning smoking in apartment and condo complexes in ...
Smoking Ban Extended to Patios, Waiting Lines, Condo Commons
NeighborWebSJ - May 21, 2012
The San Jose City Council voted unanimously to extend the ban on outdoor smoking to include outdoor patios, standing in line at ATMs or movie theaters and in common outdoor areas of apartment and condo complexes.
find NYC rental search even more difficult
The Real Deal New York (blog) - May 22, 2012
Smokers looking for an apartment rental that doesnt require them to leave
the comfort of their unit to enjoy a cigarette are finding fewer and fewer options.
A recent Craigslist.org search conducted by the New York Times found just four
apartments in the five boroughs that advertise that smoking is permitted.
to Smoke at Home, and Facing Hurdles in Apartment Hunt
New York Times - May 21, 2012
Mr. Bloomberg said this was not a roundabout way to pressure buildings to ban smoking, but there is already a growing pool of landlords, and even some co-op ...
endorses law outlawing tobacco smoking in apartments
Marin Independent-Journal (California) - May 16, 2012
A measure cracking down on smoking tobacco in multifamily apartments in ... It's a revised version of an ordinance approved several months ago, then sent back ...
smoke in apartments at issue
Newsday - April 30, 2012
A new survey of American apartment dwellers reveals that as many as a third
of nonsmoking residents sniff the stench of secondhand smoke in their building's
public spaces, while almost half smell it within their own homes.
dwellers often subjected to neighbors' tobacco smoke
Exposure puts children at risk for respiratory diseases
Researchers from the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence surveyed a nationally representative sample of adults living in apartments to examine factors associated with unwanted tobacco smoke. The center, named for a former U.S. surgeon general, is committed to protecting children from tobacco and secondhand smoke.
Secondhand Smoke Risk Revealed
MyHealthNewsDaily - Apr 29, 2012
People who live in apartment buildings, especially those with children, breathe in tobacco smoke even if no one in their own household smokes, a new study shows. There is a general association between being poorer and smoking, he said. ... Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke has been linked with higher rates of ...
roundup: Exodus on Lake Street, smoking ban in public housing
Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) - Apr 30, 2012
Housing authority to ban smoking in all 5,000 units: By going smoke-free, the Minneapolis authority will join Duluth and more than 230 housing authorities nationwide that have banned smoking in some or all of their residential units. But some residents are fuming. (Randy Furst)
New York Times - Apr 29, 2012
To the Editor: Re Mayor Calls for Residential Smoking Rules Re Mayor Calls for Residential Smoking Rules (news article, April 19): Mayor Michael R. Bloombergs proposal for a building disclosure policy will help New Yorkers make informed choices on where they live. Just as they do when learning of lead paint and asbestos, they can decide if they want to live in a home where they will not be exposed to secondhand smoke. ...
Ridge Terrace going smoke-free on June 1
McDowell News - Apr 28, 2012
Residents who live at Blue Ridge Terrace, particularly those who like to smoke, are being told to take their habit elsewhere. The apartment complex onCarson Streetgoes smoke-free on June 1. Judy Lail, manager of Blue Ridge Terrace, said the decision was based on the health effects of secondhand smoke to residents and the overall cost.
Lesnar: Apartments should be smoke-free, too
La Crosse (WI) Tribune - Apr 28, 2012
In May, I will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and I have enjoyed each year spent as a student and resident. As a sophomore, I was excited to move off campus and finally get my own place. My apartment was a cheap but nice two bedroom apartment close to school. It really irritated me that although I never smoked a cigarette, I had no choice but to breathe in secondhand smoke in my very own living space.
Housing Authority Goes Smoke-Free July 1
NBC Connecticut - April 27, 2012
Bristol's Housing Authority has decided its facilities will go smoke-free on July 1. The number of current smokers who will be impacted by the ban is not known. ... The anti-smoking group, Match Coalition, supports the bans, ...
proposes new anti-smoking bill
NYU Washington Square News - April 27, 2012
In an effort to wage his war against smoking, Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a bill last week that would force owners of residential buildings to adopt and enforce stricter smoking policies.
Authority Of Kern County Passes Non-Smoking Policy On ...
KERO-TV 23 - April 12, 2012
The Housing Authority Of Kern County has passed a non-smoking policy banning
smoking in and around all of its units. In January, the state passed a law ...
banned in housing authority properties
KGET 17 - April 12, 2012
He lives in the Baker Street Apartments, a nonsmoking facility. He says he
questions his safety when he goes outside for a smoke.
Rafael looking to strengthen smoking ordinance
Marin Independent-Journal - April 11, 2012
Lighting up in apartment buildings or at outdoor locations may soon get tougher in San Rafael as officials consider changes to an existing smoking ordinance. Last April the Larkspur City Council adopted a smoking ban in at least 80 percent of condominium and apartment units. The ordinance also outlawed smoking at ...
Housing Authority smoking ban
WWLP 22News (MA) - Apr 2, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Beginning Monday, April 2nd, the Springfield Housing Authority is putting a ban on smoking. And back in January, Holyoke Community College announced that they'll be going smoke free as of August 13th of this year. The Springfield Housing Authority ...
Grove considers banning smoking at apartment complexes
Sacramento (CA) Business Journal - March 22, 2012
Landlords have the choice to designate their rental properties smoke-free under
a California state law enacted Jan. 1. Elk Grove will consider banning ...
largest condo goes smoke-free
Boston (MA) Globe, 2012-03-21
In a sign of the growing reach of public health and antitobacco forces, Boston's
largest condominium complex has voted to go smoke free. New residents at the
624-unit waterfront Harbor Towers, on East India Row near New England Aquarium,
won't be allowed to smoke, under an amendment to the condo association's bylaws
made official Tuesday.
Of New Yorkers Would Pay More To Live Away From Smokers
Business Insider - March 19, 2012
In a survey of 1,000 New Yorkers commissioned by the New York City Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, 58 percent said they would pay more to live in smoke-free housing. Since 86 percent of New Yorkers are non-smokers, many appreciate the fact that ... Potential buyers in non-smoking buildings should research the overall ...
advances bills creating smoke-free units in elder housing
Boston Herald - March 14, 2012
By Colleen Quinn / State House News Service
Local housing authorities across Massachusetts would designate smoke-free buildings or non-smoking units in ...
Housing Commission to ban smoking in its units
AnnArbor.com (MI) - March 14, 2012
The Ypsilanti Housing Commission will soon institute a smoking ban in its units. The new policy is an effort by the YHC to improve health and safety ...
introduced addressing smoking in condominium units
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, 2012-03-13
Q. Our condominium association is dealing with complaints from owners about
neighbors who smoke in their units. Does the Condominium Property Act address
A. The Condominium Property Act does not currently address smoking in condominium units. However, legislation was recently introduced to address restrictions on smoking in condominium units. Illinois HB 4134, introduced on January 30, 2012, ...
Housing Authority Proposes To Ban Smoking In All Its Properties
KERO-TV 23 - March 7, 2012
The agency is proposing to imposing a smoking ban on its nearly 2000 housing units. "We're concerned about health risks to our tenants as well as additional ...
in Your Apartment? Think Again
Union City (CA) Patch.com - March 7, 2012
A new smoking law that went into effect Feb. 23 could land you a fine of up to ... The ban also applies to balconies, porches, decks and patios connected to ...
Smoke Appeal Accepted as Issue Grows in Greenbelt
After the Court of Appeals granted Schuman's request to appeal his secondhand smoke case, 11 co-opsmoke-free row of homes
Patch.org (MD), 2012-03-06 Bailey Henneberg Greenbelt
Just a month after David Schuman won the right to appeal his secondhand smoke case in court, a new anti-smoking movement is emerging in Greenbelt. ...
wants smoke-free housing
Toledo Blade - Mar 4, 2012
Starting with the planned Collingwood Green facility, the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority expects to make all its public housing complexes smoke-free, as the federal government urges. Having a smoke-free complex will benefit residents and staff, ... Ms. Mills said she is among those thinking about banning smoking in rentals.
Park bans smoking inside apartment units
Los Angeles (CA) Wave Newspapers - March 1, 2012
HUNTINGTON PARK Smoking in public areas of apartment and condominium complexes will be banned as of July 1, smoking inside new units will be prohibited as ...
Housing commission's smoke-free policy to be in place ...
Heritage (MI) Newspapers - February 27, 2012
This policy is about protecting our residents from the dangers of secondhand
smoke. It does not prohibit an individual from smoking, it just requires him
smoking bans: Can boards butt in?
Washington Post - Feb 25, 2012
But what if your neighbor is a smoker and her smoke filters its way into your apartment? Is the association under any obligation to do anything about this?
Local Rental Units are Smoke Free, Report Says
Calabasas (CA) Patch.com - February 23, 2012
More than 1,000 multi-family rental housing units in Calabasas are smoke free, a figure thats well above a goal city officials set four years ago. ...
Would Ban Smoking in Housing Complex if Another Resident Complains
San Diego 6 - Feb 11, 2012
The proposal comes from the San Diego Smoke-Free Housing Task Force, made up of groups such as Social Advocates for Youth San Diego, the American Lung ...
Housing Authority going smoke-free
WREX-TV (Rockford, Illinois) - January 30, 2012
All HACF property and units are proposed to become smoke-free, effective June
1. Smokers will be required not to smoke in their apartments or the buildings
agencies, landlords go smoke free
Mccook (NE) Gazette, 2012-01-27
McCook, Nebraska -- Nine housing agencies and five multi-unit landlords have achieved smoke free designation for their buildings. Housing directors and landlords have worked diligently to provide this opportunity for tenants, according to officials
Council may recommend analysis on smoking ban
Daily Californian - January 30, 2012
The Berkeley City Council will consider recommending an analysis on an ordinance
that would give landlords in Berkeley the power to ban smoking in their tenancies.
Apartments smoking ban first for Chattanooga
Chattanooga (TN) Times & Free Press, 2012-01-29
Jesse Lawrence has smoked for more than 20 years, but she supports the Chattanooga Housing Authority's policy to make Fairmount Apartments the first nonsmoking public housing site in the city.
County launches smoke-free housing campaign
Northwest Cable News (WA) - January 26, 2012
Pierce County health officials hope to help by launching a new campaign to promote smoke-free housing. Pierce County has been working with landlords to ...
senior apartment complex goes smokefree
Santa Monica Daily Press - January 24, 2012
Today, Westminster Tower has been declared smokefree to all new residents.
John Bohn, president of the nonprofit organization that runs the facility, ...
residents take neighbors to court over secondhand smoke
Washington Post - January 18, 2012
Smoking has been banned in most workplaces for decades. More jurisdictions,
including many in the Washington area, now ban smoking in restaurants, ...
By Catherine Ho This week's real estate cover story unpacks a question that's
sure to ruffle feathers among property-owning smokers and nonsmokers alike:
Housing Authority achieves smoke-free designation
Imperial (NE) Republican, 2011-12-29
Imperial Housing Agency recently achieved smoke-free designation on a majority of their buildings. Housing Director Julie Gockley has worked to provide this opportunity for tenants, especially having an entire complex smoke free. ...
Smoking Restrictions for Renters Tighten in the New Year
Santa Monica, like Los Angeles, did not act to protect tenants from eviction under the new state law as West Hollywood did
Santa Monica (CA) Patch, 2011-12-26
James F. Mills and Brooke Wirtschafter
Tenants who smoke in Santa Monica and Los Angeles will not have the same protection
against eviction as smokers in West Hollywood when a state Senate-approved bill
takes effect Jan. 1, 2012. ...
County moves closer to smokeless
North Bay (CA) Business Journal - December 19, 2011
The first provisions of Sonoma Countys smoke-free law went into effect in early December, a move viewed by proponents as both a critical step in making the county healthier as well as a relatively rare achievement for a county. ...
housing going smoke-free
Albany Times Union - December 18, 2011
Maine will become first state whose subsidized apartments ban smoking
Smoking Indoors Is Forbidden at Public Housing
New York Times, 2011-12-18
KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
In 2004, the Auburn Housing Authority became the first authority in Maine and
one of the first in the country to ban smoking in public housing, and it has
served as a model. On Jan. 1, Maine will become the first state in the country
in which all of its public housing authorities are smoke free, affecting about
12,000 tenants. ...
homes: good goal, but not for automatic evictions
The Boston Globe - December 9, 2011
THROUGH ITS new Smoke-Free Homes initiative, the Boston Public Health Commission hopes to further decrease smoking in Boston by encouraging private, ...
smokers can breathe easy
WeHo News - December 8, 2011
The West Hollywood City Council this week held a second reading of an ordinance that protects smoking tenants from eviction under SB 332, a state law that allows landlords to make their apartment buildings smoke-free. ...
of People Living in Apartments, Condos and Co-ops Want to Live Smoke Free
PR Newswire (press release) - December 8, 2011
TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - An overwhelming majority of Ontarians living in apartments, condos and co-ops want to live in smoke-free buildings, but supply is lagging far behind this growing demand. According to Smoke-Free Housing Ontario, this market inequity is putting the health of millions of Ontarians at risk. ...
urged: Ban smoking
Omaha (NE) World-Herald - December 6, 2011
An anti-tobacco organization has launched an advertising campaign aimed at persuading apartment owners to prohibit smoke in their buildings. ...
Real Estate Co. Transitions Jamaica Plain Homes to Smoke-Free
Headquartered in Braintree, MA, Peabody Properties manages in excess of 14,000 units of housing primarily in New England, and is a full-service real-estate firm
Braintree (MA) Patch, 2011-12-03
Peabody Properties, Inc. a full-service, Braintree-based real estate
company in collaboration with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development
Corporation (JPNDC), was recently asked to help transition six affordable housing
properties in Jamaica Plain into smoke free housing units. ...
Smoking Bans May Spill Over to Households
U.S. News & World Report - November 8, 2011
(HealthDay News) -- Smoking bans in public places have had a spillover effect by reducing smoking in homes as well, according to a new study. ...
officials to consider smoking crackdown in condos, apartments
Marin (CA) Independent-Journal - Nels Johnson - November 6, 2011
In a proposal modeled on a strict anti-smoking law in Larkspur, county health officials are circulating an ordinance cracking down on smoking in multi-unit apartment and condominium complexes.
The anti-smoking law, due for review by county supervisors next month, is almost
identical to Larkspur's ordinance adopted earlier this year that bars residents
from lighting up in most condominium and apartment units. Larkspur has the toughest
smoking restrictions in Marin County.
Housing Smoke-Free Initiative
The DOH's Tobacco Free Florida Program will help those interested in making multi-unit housing smoke-free get started
NBC Miami, 2011-11-05
A new statewide push aims to protect non-smokers from the dangers of secondhand
smoke, meaning smokers could be told not to light up in their own apartments.
Sponsors Bill Protecting Smokers From Threat of Eviction
West Hollywood (CA) Patch.com - James F. Mills - November 4, 2011
West Hollywood City Council to hear an ordinance that would preempt a new state law allowing landlords to evict tenants who smoke. ...
Sebastopol, no smoking rules don't apply to medical marijuana
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - November 2, 2011
Users of medical marijuana have been exempted from a smoking ban that Sebastopol has imposed on apartment dwellers. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously ...
approves strict ban on smoking
Los Angeles Wave Newspapers - Leiloni De Gruy - November 2, 2011
smoking will be banned from the following unenclosed areas within the city: ... It also bans smoking within 25 feet of playgrounds and tot lots. ...
A no-smoking ban that doesn't break rules
Chicago Tribune - October 21, 2011
The widespread belief that it's illegal for landlords to adopt property-wide smoking bans was the motivating force behind a new law in California, ...
weigh in on smoking ban
Some are for it, some are opposed to it
WWLP-22News (Springfield, MA), 2011-10-15
Springfield's Public Housing projects will soon be smoke free inside and out, but not everyone's happy about it. ...
public housing going smoke-free in 2012
Boston Globe - Kay Lazar - October 12, 2011
Boston is set to become the first big city in Massachusetts - and the largest in the nation - to ban smoking in public housing, beginning in ...
aims to reduce smoking in Boston homes
The Daily Free Press (Boston University), 2011-10-12
Written by Steph Solis
Mayor Thomas Menino launched a smoke-free housing registry on Tuesday as part
of an initiative to accommodate Boston residents who want to live in smoke-free
buildings, according to an Oct. 11 press release from the mayors office.
public housing to go smoke-free
UPI.com - October 12, 2011
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved the smoking ban, Agro said. Boston will be the largest public housing authority in the ...
public housing in Boston to go smoke-free in 2012
MassLive.com - October 12, 2011
The Housing Authority of Portland, which runs Gallagher Plaza, has banned smoking in all its units. (AP Photo / The Oregonian, Thomas Boyd) BOSTON (AP) ...
To Ban Smoking In All Public Housing
WCVB-TV - October 12, 2011
Jim Bergman, director of the nonprofit Smoke-Free Environments Law Project in ... the largest public housing authority in the nation to adopt a systemwide ban.
launches smoke-free housing registry
Boston Globe (blog) October 11, 2011
By Kay Lazar, Globe Staff Boston landlords and tenants who want to clear the air in their buildings have a new tool in their arsenal -- a smoke-free housing ...
Iowa landlords easing into smoking bans in rental units
Cost of cleaning smokers' apartments makes ban attractive
Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette, 2011-10-01, Steve Gravelle
...Miller's life became easier when laws banned smoking in bars, restaurants and workplaces. And now landlords, including Miller's, are taking it upon themselves to make their properties tobacco-free.
not law, push landlords to smoke-free rules
Eastern Iowa Government - Steve Gravelle October 1, 2011
It took laws to ban smoking in bars, restaurants, and workplaces, but landlords are taking it on themselves to make their properties tobacco-free. ...
homes, apartments go smoke-free
Austin Herald - Amanda Lillie - September 23, 2011
Housing authorities all over are changing to smoke-free, Hurm said. HRA building managers sent a letter to tenants last week to inform them of the ...
smoking inside a unit is a controversial issue
Palm Beach Post - Gary A. Polikoff - September 22, 2011
Of all of the issues affecting condominium unit owners, the question of banning smoking, both inside and outside of units, ...
California's new non-smoking law will affect renters
SignOnSanDiego.com - September 23, 2011
Q1: What does the new non-smoking law do? A: The governor recently signed a new state law that confirms landlords have the right to restrict smoking on ...
out secondhand smoke in multifamily dwellings
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - September 22, 2011
There is a civil suit pending in Prince Georges County (Schuman v. Popovic) regarding exposure to secondhand smoke in multifamily dwellings ...
County supports smoking ban in condos
San Francisco Chronicle - September 13, 2011
... supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution for the smoking ban. ... smoking in new units and first-time rentals begins in eight months.
there's Smoke there's Fire
Sun-Sentinel (FL) (blog) - Gary Poliakoff - September 8, 2011
One of my students at Nova Southeastern School of Law wrote an excellent article that was published in the American Bar Associations Probate & Property Magazine. The article entitled, Butt Out! Controlling Environmental Tobacco Smoke in Condominiums,* discusses smoking regulations throughout the country and how community associations are dealing with complaints regarding second-hand smoke. ...
in apartments can be restricted under new state law
Glendale News Press - September 8, 2011
Landlords in California will have clear authority to ban smoking in apartment buildings under a measure signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Sen. ...
in apartments can be restricted under new state law
Los Angeles Times - September 7, 2011
Landlords in California will have clear authority to ban smoking in apartment buildings under a measure signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Sen.
smoking can cost you a fortune in property
WalletPop.com (AOL Money & Finance), 2011-09-05
Sarah Coles - Walletpop UK
People planning to rent a property don't like to see signs of smokers. A survey
by property website Globrix.com found that 8% would not live in a property previously
occupied by a smoker and 40% would think twice about renting somewhere previously
occupied by a smoker.
policies could save landlords miillions
Imperial Valley News - Enrique Rivero - August 21, 2011
But by implementing complete smoke-free rules throughout their properties, owners of California multi-unit rental buildings could save up to $18 million a ...
agency bans smoking at homes
Zanesville Times Recorder - Hannah Sparling - August 17, 2011
CROOKSVILLE -- To save money and boost residents' health, the Perry County Metropolitan Housing Authority has implemented a smoking ban. As of Aug. ...
Ban Coming to Kennewick Housing Authority
KEPR 19 - Ryan Simms - August 16, 2011
KENNEWICK -- Action News is following up on a smoking ban at the Kennewick Housing Authority. Starting September 1, no one can smoke on KHA ...
approves ban on rental-unit smoking
Associated Press (AP), 2011-08-15
Landlords will be able to ban smoking on their properties, including inside rental units, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill sent to him by the state Senate. ...
No More, Walnut Creek
Patch.com - Lou Fancher - August 12, 2011
I think it is a miracle that smoking has been universally banned here, as well as Archstone's adjacent properties, so that this entire area is now smoke ...
Park City Council banishes sports drinks
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - Thomas Himes - August 5, 2011
The Pasadena City Council passed a similar smoking ban in April that will take effect in that city in January. Unlike Pasadena's policy, Baldwin Park also ...
public housing goes smoke-free
Boston Globe - August 4, 2011
PROVIDENCE, RIProvidence officials have announced a new smoke-free policy for five public housing high-rise buildings in the state's capital. ...
Public Housing Authorities to be Smoke Free
WABI-TV CBS 5 (Bangor, ME), 2011-08-01
WABI-TV5 News Desk
Maine will become the first state in the nation to protect tenants from secondhand
smoke. Starting January 1st, Maine Public Housing Authorities will be smoke
to ban smoking in public housing
San Antonio Express - Karisa King - Jul 23, 2011
Its smoking ban will affect: To the list of places where smokers no longer will be able to light up - government buildings, parks, restaurants and bars - public housing residents in San Antonio soon will add one more: their own homes. ...
housing units are now smoke-free
Delta County Independent - July 21, 2011
The Delta Housing Authority passed a policy on June 27 requiring that Grand Manor, Thompson Manor and Villas at the Bluff be smoke-free. Housing authority members voted in favor of the policy. The policy will go into effect on September 1. ...
awarded to encourage smoke-free apartments
SouthtownStar - July 12, 2011
AP July 12, 2011 10:56AM An anti-tobacco advocacy group is working to increase the number of smoke-free apartment buildings and condos in Chicago. The Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project is awarding thousands of dollars in grants to several housing ...
Approved Granting Landlords Authority Over Your Smoking Habits
LAist - Lauren Lloyd - July 11, 2011
The bill empowers landlords to prohibit smoking in rental units, thus expanding the availability of smoke-free housing in California. Receiving bipartisan support with a vote of 63 - 5, the bill faces a procedural concurrence vote in the Senate (as ...
& A: Adding Riders to Stabilized Leases
New York Times, 2011-07-06
Q My landlord recently sent me a renewal lease for my rent-stabilized apartment.
He included a rider that prohibited smoking and the building of wall partitions
in the apartment. Is the landlord allowed to add such riders to a rent-stabilized
A "A landlord must renew a rent-stabilized lease based upon the same terms and conditions as were contained in the original lease," said Sherwin Belkin, a Manhattan lawyer who represents landlords. So if the original lease did not contain a specific prohibition against smoking or the building of partitions, the renewal lease may not include such riders. ...
banned in Everett's public housing
All Everett Housing Authority units are now smoke free. Health concerns and costs related to smoking prompted the change
Everett (WA) Herald, 2011-07-04
Debra Smith, Herald Writer
Hundreds of people who live in subsidized housing in Everett can no longer
light up inside their homes. ...
targeted in public housing
Many properties are becoming smoke-free
AZ Central - Arizona Republic, 2011-07-04
Michelle Ye Hee Lee
Jim Lamb is leading a campaign in his Phoenix apartment complex to get non-smoking residents to identify themselves by posting a sign outside their door. ...
Pays to Drop the Habit
Port St. Joe (FL) Star, 2011-06-30
Gulf County Health Department, Tobacco Prevention Program
It chases you out of houses. It sneaks in when nobody's home and even when
you are. It makes well people sick and sick people sicker. It costs you money
when it's there, and even when it's not. The culprit is tobacco smoke in multi-unit
dwellings, and it's under the microscope nationwide. ...
Housing Authority bans smoking in all its units
HeraldNet (blog) - Debra Smith - June 29, 2011
The Everett Housing Authority is implementing a smoking ban in all of its units beginning this Friday. The authority's board approved that policy in May 2010. On the authority's website, officials list the reasons for the ban as a ...
Ban May Expand to Multi-Unit Residences, Hotels
Santa Monica Mirror - Parimal M. Rohit - June 29, 2011
While he made very clear there are no laws in Santa Monica that specifically prohibits smoking, he did hope a smoking ban would be extended to all new construction projects (as opposed to just hotels). Conversely, Mayor Pro Tem Gleam Davis reminded her ...
County considers partial smoking ban
Proposal would forbid lighting up at some playgrounds
Gaithersburg (MD) Gazette, 2011-06-29
Erin Cunningham, Staff Writer
Smokers would be banned from lighting up in common areas of at least 1,200
properties under a proposal being considered by the Montgomery County Council.
Agency Bans Smoking ($$)
ABQ Journal (subscription) - Kiera Hay - June 14, 2011
Smoking will be banned entirely from that campus when it opens later this summer, under the mandate of a multimillion dollar federal Department of Housing and Urban Development green grant accepted by the Housing Authority. A Housing Authority survey ...
Anti-Smoking Bill Raises Concerns for Weho Renters
The Senate-approved bill gives landlords power under California law to prohibit smoking inside rental units
James F. Mills
A California bill passed by the state Senate last week regarding smoking in apartments could have a major impact in West Hollywood by giving landlords ammunition to evict smokers. ...
smoking in Va public housing
Daily Press - Tamara Dietrich - May 19, 2011
Housing authorities in some states have banned smoking in publicly subsidized units, but Virginia isn't among them. Yet. Portsmouth and Chesapeake are moving toward a ban in their newer buildings in the next year, then gradually expanding the ban to ...
Virginia cities to ban smoking in public housing, policies are 1st in commonwealth
Daily Journal - May 6, 2011
Public housing agencies in both cities plan to ban smoking inside apartments. The bans will be phased in. Jim Bergman with the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project tells The Virginian-Pilot that the bans will be the first in Virginia. ...
Breath of Fresh Air
5 reasons to consider implementing a smoke-free housing policy
by Lauren Boston
UNITS, April 2011
Time is up for lighting up. Trends toward healthier living have made non-smoking apartment communities a hot commodity, as recent surveys show the majority of renters would prefer to live in a smoke-free building.
While some companies are hesitant to (potentially) alienate smokers, many owners say the move to a smoke-free status has not only appeased most residents, but reduced resident health risks, minimized turnover costs and reduced fire risks at their respective communitiessubsequently lowering insurance rates and maximizing low-income housing funding.
Others say theyve implemented a smoke-free policy to stay ahead of the
curve, as many industry experts predict government-mandated non-smoking standards
for the multifamily housing industry in the next five to 10 years. Here are
reasons to consider going smoke-free nowand publicizing it, too. Resident
Satisfaction Smoke-free apartment communities may be the latest trend in healthy
living, but there are still very few housing options dedicated to non-smokers80
percent of the U.S. adult population, according to a recent Gallup poll. A building
full of fresh air will appeal to the masses and could give a community a leg
up on the competition.
Housing Providers Join Smoke-Free Trend
PR Newswire (press release) - Apr 28, 2011
"Everyone deserves to breathe smoke-free air where they live. Policies like these are an excellent example of how partnerships between local government, housing providers, and other community-based organizations can promote a healthier King County. ...
Boards May Ban Smoking In Condos
New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV - Ellyn Marks - March 17, 2011
New York City already prohibits smoking in public areas like hallways and recreation rooms, at buildings with at least 10 apartments. But now some co-ops and condominiums are gearing up to have owners vote on an all out ban which means no lighting up ...
condos and co-ops be able to ban smoking inside owners' apartments?
Wall Street Journal - March 17, 2011
At least half a dozen Manhattan co-ops are expected to ask shareholders during annual meetings this spring to vote on an all-out smoking ban that would prohibit residents from lighting up in their own homes. What do you think? ...
banned on home patios in Laguna Woods
OCRegister - Claire Webb - March 16, 2011
The City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to an amendment to its smoking ordinance that prohibits smoking on patios and balconies. The new law, which will go into effect in 30 days, applies whether the patios are open or enclosed, ...
housing board considers smoking ban
Annapolis Capital - Earl Kelly - March 16, 2011
By EARL KELLY, Staff Writer Following a fire in the Morris H. Blum Senior Apartments on Saturday, the Annapolis Housing Authority is considering banning smoking in public housing buildings. Emergency workers lift a woman ...
adopts smoking ban
Brainerd Daily Dispatch - Jodie Tweed - March 3, 2011
Starting Aug. 1, all Brainerd Housing and Redeveloppment Authority public housing properties will be smoke-free.
It was learned Thursday that the Brainerd HRA board of commissioners voted Feb. 23 to adopt a smoke-free policy for all properties that will go into effect Aug. 1. This will affect about 325 public housing units, including 162 units at the North Star Apartments, 16 units at scattered sites in the city, 25 units at Valley Trail, 60 units at Brainerd South Apartment, 24 units near College Drive, 18 units at Trail Ridge and 20 units at Valley View. This ban also includes outdoor property, such as the apartment parking lots. ...
Ban Proposed For Parthenon Towers
NewsChannel5.com - Chris Cannon - March 1, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A proposed plan at the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency would make Parthenon Towers the first smoke-free building in Nashville's public housing system. The pilot program could be implemented at other locations.
"I would say the majority don't like the idea," according to Peach Whitfield, president of the Residents' Association.
The proposal would ban smoking inside individual apartments, as well as common areas at Parthenon Towers, which are already off-limits to cigarettes.
Whitfield said there are many people who smoke inside their apartments and do not like the possibility of having to stop.
"Being forced to have to quit, they really don't like that idea," Whitfield explained.
She has heard from many of her neighbors since word about the possible ban started circulating in the building and she has had to explain there is not much she can do.
"Well, I say it's a policy that's been passed for this building and I
encourage them to try to quit smoking," Whitfield said. ...
moves to toughen its smoking ordinance; brings back farmers market
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2011-02-18
Robert Jordan Contra Costa Times
DUBLIN -- Smoking is going to get a lot tougher for apartment residents.
The Dublin City Council has asked its staff to strengthen the city's smoking rules for apartment complexes with 16 or more units.
After hearing an encouraging report Tuesday on the results of a 2008 city ordinance requiring those complexes to designate 50 percent of their units smoke-free by Jan. 1 of this year, the council told its staff to amend the ordinance to require a 75 percent ban by 2013.
In the report, the city surveyed all 17 apartment complexes that fit the requirement
and found that of the 4,146 units, 2,879, or 69 percent, are now designated
gets up landlord's nose in court
In far-reaching decision, court rules that landlords must address tenant's secondhand smoke concerns or face consequences such as broken leases and rent reductions.
Crain's New York Business, 2011-02-09
Last week, a District Court judge in Nassau County ruled that an Upper East
Side tenant could break her lease and pay reduced rent because she had complainted
about a neighbor's cigarette smoking and the landlord failed to take appropriate
action to alleviate the secondhand smoke. The ruling was the first of its kind
because most smoking-related matters between landlords and tenants do not go
to trial, experts said. ...
largest apartment complex going smoke-free after fire blamed on cigarette
Radio Iowa, 2011-02-09
Iowa's largest apartment complex is going smoke-free following a fire last month that was blamed on improperly discarded cigarettes.
Keith Denner is president of Professional Property Management which owns the Sun Prairie Apartments in West Des Moines. He says nine of the 41 buildings in the complex were declared smoke-free a year-and-a-half ago. "The fire kind of took us over the hump and we just decided were going to go 100-percent,"Denner said.
Current tenants will be allowed to continue smoking in their apartments through July 1. After that date, residents caught lighting up in their apartments or on their balconies will receive a warning and could be evicted if the behavior continues. "We are going to provide places for our tenants to smoke on the property," Denner said. "They can smoke in their cars or they can smoke in some outdoor areas we are going to provide." ...
Housing Authority bans smoking in units
Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune, 2011-02-05
J. DAVID McSWANE
Following a national movement to curb secondhand smoke in public housing units, the agency charged with housing Sarasota's poorest families has banned smoking at more than 500 of its homes. ...
wants smoking banned from region's public housing
Boston Globe - John Laidler - February 3, 2011
A newly organized group wants to snuff out smoking in public housing north of Boston. The North Shore Coalition for Smoke-Free Communities, ...
told to stop smoking or move
UPI.com - January 5, 2011
CHICAGO, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A firm that manages eight Chicago apartment buildings says it is turning one of its properties into a smoke-free structure, forcing tenants to kick the habit.
The Habitat Co. has told renters at Kingsbury Plaza in the city's River North area they have to stop smoking in 2011 or move, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.
About 15 percent of the tenants at the 420-unit building are smokers, the management company said.
Once the transition year ends, a first violation of the smoking ban will cost tenants $350. A second violation will result in eviction.
If the transition at Kingsbury is successful, Habitat said it might create a smoke-free environment in its other buildings ...
condos in vogue
Condo boards and associations have the legal right to make their condominium property smoke free
Chicago Journal , 2010-12-29
Clean air is taking on a whole new meaning in the Windy City, where smokers regularly are banished to the great outdoors in restaurants, offices and now apartments and condominiums.
The Chicago City Council passed a comprehensive clean air ordinance that became effective on Jan. 16, 2006 and was further expanded on July 1, 2008 with some hefty fines for those who do not comply.
apartments bar residents from smoking at home
Associated Press (AP), 2010-11-22
CAROLE FELDMAN Associated Press Writer
"A lot of the demand is just coming from people realizing that smoke doesn't stay in one unit," said Rita Turner, deputy director of the Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation and Advocacy at the University of Maryland Law School. "Buildings are designed to breathe."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say secondhand smoke can cause asthma, respiratory and ear infections, sudden infant death syndrome, heart disease and lung cancer. "There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke," the agency says on its website.
Such concerns have led to efforts to ban smoking not only in common spaces of buildings, but also in individual apartments.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a notice last year encouraging public housing authorities to consider smoke-free policies, and many have, officials said. Some private developers also are doing so.
Banned in Portland Public Housing
MPBN News - November 19, 2010
The Portland Housing Authority has decided to ban smoking in the 1,000 apartments it manages, becoming the last of Maine's 24 public housing authorities to do so, according to the Portland Press Herald. ...
Vt., bans smoking in public housing
NECN - November 18, 2010
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Burlington Housing Authority has banned smoking in the Vermont city's subsidized housing complexes. ...
John public housing board prohibits smoking inside apartments
NOLA.com - November 16, 2010
Possibly as soon as February residents living in St. John the Baptist Parish public housing complexes will be prohibited from smoking inside their apartments and could be evicted for violating the policy.
The St. John Housing Authority Board of Commissioners this week approved establishing a no smoking policy that would govern the more than 800 residents who live in the four complexes located in LaPlace, Reserve, Garyville and Edgard ...
City Public Housing to Snuff Out Smoking
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth - Susy Solis - November 16 2010
As more public places go smoke-free, one North Texas public agency is following suit.
The Haltom City Housing Authority will ban smoking inside all of its public housing units starting Jan. 1.
The new year will mean residents will have to smoke outside and not in the comfort of their own homes. Some longtime residents are fuming over the move.
"I don't think it's fair. Us old people can't sit outside and smoke. We are too old. We'll get pneumonia," said Sue Hendren, an elderly woman who has lived in Haltom City's public housing for several years.
If residents continue to smoke inside their apartments, it will be considered a lease violation by the housing authority. Three lease violations will be grounds for eviction ...
Clara gives final approval to smoking ban
San Jose Mercury News - November 10, 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif.Santa Clara County has approved among the San Francisco Bay area's most sweeping smoking bans.
County supervisors on Tuesday gave final approval to laws that would ban smoking inside apartments, condominiums and townhouses and in outdoor eating areas of restaurants.
The ban would also apply to common areas of multiunit residences, hotels and motels and within 30 feet of any outdoor service area, such as a ticket line. The new rules would only affect unincorporated parts of the county.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that the ban on smoking in apartments, condos and townhouses will take effect in 14 months. The other rules go into effect in 30 days. ...
Renters Willing to Pay More for Smoke-Free Housing
PR Newswire (press release) - November 9, 2010
CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent citywide survey commissioned by the Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project shows that nearly a third of all renters (32 percent) in Chicago would be willing to pay more rent to live in smoke-free buildings.
These findings coincide with an emerging trend in the Chicago rental market whereby landlords and property managers are converting their rental properties to "non-smoking," according to Maurice Ortiz, marketing director of the Apartment People, an apartment-finding and listing service with nearly 30,000 rental clients each year.
Studies have revealed that the cost of turning over an apartment at the end of the lease can be as much as 90 percent higher when the unit has been occupied by a smoking tenant. But it's not just the cost savings that have property managers' attention: "Environmentally-friendly and health conscious properties are simply easier to rent," says Ortiz.
The Chicago study reflects a growing awareness among prospective renters of the dangers of secondhand smoke, with 88 percent of those surveyed ranking secondhand smoke as a serious health hazard. "That awareness is shaping attitudes towards healthier lifestyles relative to tobacco exposure and a strong desire to live, work and play in smoke-free environments," said Dave Fako, whose firm has conducted numerous polls in Illinois and other states on attitudes towards tobacco during the past decade. This poll involved a random sampling of 400 adult renters within the city of Chicago.
The survey also found that nearly half of all renters say they would be more likely to rent an apartment or unit in a completely smoke-free building where smoking is prohibited in indoor common areas and individual units (47 percent). By comparison, 31 percent say it would make no difference and only 20 percent would be less likely to rent on those terms ...
Health Department announces smoke-free housing contest
Brookline TAB - November 8, 2010
The Brookline Health Department, in association with the Public Health Advocacy Institute, will be hosting three workshops Tuesday, Dec. 7, on how property managers, owners, trustees and landlords can adopt smoke-free housing policies in their buildings.
In anticipation of the upcoming workshops, the Health Department invites the public to enter its First Smoke-Free Housing Essay and Poster Contest. Contest participants are asked to either write a short essay about the advantages of smoke-free housing, or design and create a poster promoting positive smoke-free housing policies. Winners will be awarded a Blu-ray DVD player.
One winner will be selected on Dec. 7 at the final workshop. Winner does not need to be present at event to collect award. Winning essay/poster will be published on the Brookline Health Departments website ...
ban gets approval
Stockton Record - Zachary K. Johnson - November 5, 2010
STOCKTON - Housing officials Thursday accepted a new policy that would ban smoking in public housing in San Joaquin County.
Residents of the roughly 1,000 units managed by the San Joaquin Housing Authority won't have to stamp out their cigarettes yet; the policy still needs to go to federal officials for final approval before new leases will go into effect. And even then, residents who smoke will have a year to kick the habit, find somewhere else to smoke or look elsewhere.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development encouraged public housing agencies to adopt no-smoking policies. County housing officials this year wrestled with balancing the right of smokers to smoke and the right of nonsmokers to live in a healthier, smoke-free environment. By July, the authority's board of commissioners voted to make its properties smoke-free. On Thursday, it voted 5-0 to accept the policy. ...
Housing, Private Vice; Should smoking be banned in peoples homes?
SFELP, 10/28: The following is from an article of the above title in the Fall, 2010 issue of the Harvard Public Health Review: Welcome to the next front in the battle against Big Tobacco: public housing. Following the passage in 23 states of laws that ban smoking in workplaces, restaurants, and bars, anti-smoking advocates are increasingly training their sights on private spaces in public buildings. Last June, in Bostons Roslindale neighborhood, the Washington-Beech housing development became the citys debut smoke-free public housing sitethe first step toward the Bostons Housing Authoritys ambitious goal of clearing the air by 2013 at all 64 public housing sites. And in 2009, an office within the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a memorandum that strongly encourages Public Housing Authorities to implement nonsmoking policies in some or all of their public housing units. To be sure, the trend has sparked dissent. After all, smoking is legal for adults, and nicotine is known to be one of the hardest addictions to kick. Why should poor people be asked to give up smoking at home when rich people have the right to indulge this harmful vice? Is the intrusive government nanny state, as libertarians dub it, discriminating against those who are least powerful? A new wave of published papers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and elsewhere sheds light on why smoking should be banned in public housing, and how the policy question should be considered. Experience in vanguard states like Maine, Michigan, and Massachusetts shows that when the public health community turns up the pressurehelping, prodding, assistingthe move towards smoke-free housing goes much faster, Bergman says.
apartments bar residents from lighting up
Daytona Beach News-Journal - Bob Koslow - October 27, 2010
No Smoking signs are popping up at some apartment complexes and condos, barring people from lighting up even in their own homes.
And, in places where smoking is permitted, tenants and owners are beginning to seek protection from the secondhand smoke they say is seeping into their apartments.
"A lot of the demand is just coming from people realizing that smoke doesn't stay in one unit," said Rita Turner, deputy director of the Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation and Advocacy at the University of Maryland Law School. "Buildings are designed to breathe." ...
Landlords Urged to Make Apartments Tobacco Free
WBNG-TV 12 (Johnson City, NY), 2010-10-26
The Broome County Health Department wants more buildings to go tobacco free.
It's encouraging landlords and tenants to move toward tobacco free apartment buildings.
A move they say will keep both tenants and landlords safe.
They helped them realize that going smoke free isn't just a health issue but also a safety concern.
"Smoking cigarettes is the number one cause of fatal fires in apartments so there is an advantage as far as not allowing smoking it reduces the fire risk it certainly is much healthier for the tenants and visitors service people," said Tobacco Control Coordinator Sharon Fischer. ...
smoking ban in works
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald - John Trumbo - October 26, 2010
Residents of Keewaydin Plaza and Sunnyslope Homes in Kennewick would be banned from smoking in their homes if the Kennewick Housing Authority decides today to proceed with new rules.
The authority board is to meet at 1:30 p.m. in the community center at Sunnyslope Homes, 1915 W. Fourth Place, in Kennewick to consider adding the smoke-free policy to its lease agreements, effective Feb. 1.
About half the tenants in the 66-unit Keewaydin Plaza signed a petition protesting the smoking ban. Tenants who refuse to sign the new lease would be required to move out within 30 days.
Karlene Navarre, executive director for the authority, said the board could modify the ban by designating a smoking area on the property or provide a grace period to allow existing tenants additional time to find other housing.
The proposed smoke-free rule would apply to all Kennewick Housing Authority properties, including parking lots ...
Soon: Smoke-Free Apartment Buildings?
Neighbors' secondhand smoke threatens nonsmoking residents, researchers say
BusinessWeek - October 22, 2010
THURSDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a nonsmoker who lives in an apartment, your health may be at risk from your neighbors who smoke, says a new study.
Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., analyzed air quality data from 30 apartments within 11 buildings and found that secondhand smoke can travel from the apartments of smokers to hallways and apartments of nonsmokers.
The extent of the secondhand smoke transfer depends on a number of factors, including ventilation and distance between apartments, the investigators found.
The researchers said the best way to protect apartment residents from secondhand smoke is to have smoke-free buildings ...
residents move back to Westgate
Pocono Record - David Pierce - October 15, 2010
All but 20 residents displaced by June's fatal fire at the Westgate apartments low-income senior housing project have moved back home.
Eight more damaged units in the 99-apartment complex on Stroudsburg's West
Main Street all on the fourth floor were reoccupied late last
week, said the Monroe County Housing Authority. Those displaced by the fire
are temporarily staying at area hotels, nursing homes or with relatives.
Those on the six-story building's west side farthest from the fire's origin returned shortly after the fire. Those on the east side of the building have been returning one floor at a time. Sixth- and fifth-floor tenants returned in the late summer. Third-floor residents will be the next to return.
"We try to do a floor every four or six weeks," said Peggy Berger, the housing authority's resident coordinator. "We're hoping to do the next one before Thanksgiving."
The most pervasive structural problem isn't from the fire itself but water damage including mold produced from fighting the blaze, which claimed the life of a fifth-floor resident. Fire Management Control, the contractor retained by the housing authority's insurance company to make repairs, has removed lots of walls, cabinets and structures that pose a mold threat.
"Anything that looks suspicious, they're removing it," said Rich Widdoss, the housing authority's executive director. "They don't want to come back."
Berger expressed optimism that all residents may be able to return to Westgate by the end of the year.
The housing authority, which also has its offices at Westgate, recently met with local police, fire and emergency services officials to review how residents were evacuated during the fire and what can be improved.
Based on those conversations, Monroe County Housing Authority has decided to ban all smoking in the building. ...
Ban Raises Questions For Landlords
10/15: The following is from an Oct. 14th Channel 6 news report from Lansing, Michigan: The state laws on medical marijuana have landlords in mid-Michigan confused. That's because many of them don't know how it applies to their no smoking rules. For many smoking tenants in Michigan the days of lighting a cigaratte inside their place could soon be over. That's as more landlords consider making their property smoke free. "It will better both our buildings, and also provide a better environment and more healthy homes for our residents," said Forrest Babcock, Lansing Housing Commission. Thursday the Property Management Association of Mid-Michigan and the Ingham County Health Department told landlords they have the right to set these rules even if those include legalized medical marijuana. "As a number of people said to me, we don't want to be showing our apartment to a prospective resident, and have them smell marijuana in the hallways. That is not a selling point for us," said Jim Bergman, Smoke-Free Environments Law Project. Selling point or not, advocates for medical marijuana say these measures are not fair. Some argue that it's people's medicine. And if the law allows it then it's their right. "If people are paying to stay at a place, that's their home. I feel that if it's your home, then you should be able to do what you vote to do. And one of them is medical marijuana," said Danny Trevino, Hydroworld. It's a battle that could have legal consequences and one which Bergman says landlords would win. "State law says you can be certified to use marijuana for medicinal reasons. However, federal law still says marijuana is a controlled substance which is illegal. And no question about it, federal law trumps state law," said Bergman. That has yet to be tested. Until then smoking tenants can breathe easy. If you're a landlord or tenant and want to know more about smoke free apartments you can visit www.mismokefreeapartment.org. Click above to access the full story.
joins ranks for smoke free HRAs
International Falls Daily Journal - Tammie Calder - October 13, 2010
Staff and residents at Woodland Park Apartments Friday celebrated the implementation of a new smoke-free policy.
The International Falls Housing and Redevelopment Authority became the 44th public housing authority in Minnesota to implement a smoke-free policy in their building.
In June Diane Edens, HRA executive director invited the American Lung Association in to make a presentation to tenants on the health risks of secondhand smoke. Koochiching Public Health also assisted in the presentation. As part of the presentation, the resident attendees took a survey that indicated that the vast majority wished to live in a smoke free building.
Smoke free housing policy is a growing trend among public housing authorities and with market rate property owners/managers state and nationwide, to both protect the health and safety of their tenants as well as the bottom line on their or the publics investment.
In July 2010 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a memo strongly encouraging all public housing authorities to consider adopting no-smoking policies in their buildings." ...
butts: Apartment developers ban smoking at home
Rule aims to protect other residents from smoke's effects
Associated Press (AP), 2010-10-05
CAROLE FELDMAN The Associated Press
No Smoking signs are popping up at some apartment complexes and condos, barring people from lighting up even in their own homes.
And in places where smoking is permitted, tenants and owners are beginning to seek protection from the secondhand smoke they say is seeping into their apartments.
"A lot of the demand is just coming from people realizing that smoke doesn't stay in one unit," said Rita Turner, deputy director of the Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation and Advocacy at the University of Maryland Law School. "Buildings are designed to breathe." . . .
Bob Radlinski and Laura Galvin have gathered more than 500 signatures from neighbors in a high-rise co-op in Bethesda, Md., seeking a vote on whether individual apartments should be made smoke-free for new residents. They said the co-op board insisted that the proposed bylaw change should grandfather-in existing residents.
The pair acted after a smoker moved in next door.
condo associations, smoking ban hits home
Chicago Tribune - Pamela Dittmer McKuen - October 1, 2010
As smoking restrictions become increasingly widespread, smokers find the last place they can indulge freely is at home. Perhaps not for long if that home is a condominium. Associations are passing their own bans, and some include living units as well as common areas.
In Chicago, the 1418 N. Lake Shore Drive Condominium Association recently amended its declaration to prohibit smoking in interior common elements, interior limited common elements and inside the units. Smoking is permitted in a unit, however, if it is restricted to a single room that has been equipped with an association-approved, self-contained air-treatment system that contains the smoke ...
Costa bans indoor smoking in housing complexes
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News, 2010-09-29
Matthias Gafni Contra Costa Times
Smoking tobacco and medical marijuana in new multiunit housing complexes in unincorporated Contra Costa, even in the privacy of a resident's own dwelling, will be banned because of a new county ordinance.
Contra Costa supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to adopt the new regulations, joining four other cities in the county with similar secondhand-smoke restrictions.
For new and existing multiunit housing, residents will no longer be able to smoke on balconies, patios, decks or in carports. The new ordinance would also make smoking in a nonsmoking area of the housing complex a lease violation, and give landlords the right to evict a tenant after three violations. ...
policies can prevent house fires
WatertownDailyTimes.com - September 28, 2010
I was sorry to read about the recent fire in Potsdam that left six people homeless, the owner with destroyed property and two firefighters injured. Perhaps what is most sad about this fire is that it could have been so easily prevented. This fire, like so many dwelling fires, was caused by an improperly extinguished cigarette. A smoke-free building policy could have prevented this fire and countless other fires, many fatal.
Landlords have a legal right to adopt smoke-free policies for their properties, just as they can adopt a no-pet policy. It is not discriminatory to do so. In fact, perhaps the most responsible action that a landlord of a multiunit dwelling can take is to adopt smoke-free policies for the entire building. Tenants paying rent should not have to be exposed to deadly secondhand smoke and if you reside in a multiunit dwelling there is no way of escaping it, as cigarette smoke, filled with cancer-causing chemicals travels throughout the entire structure.
Some smokers might argue that they have the right to smoke and that tobacco is a legal product. The fact is, cigarettes kill people and not just the ones who have the so-called right to smoke them. Each year exposure to secondhand smoke claims the lives of thousands of nonsmokers. What about their rights? Should a person's right to smoke outweigh the right to breathe clean air? I think not.
Bohac, D.L.; Hewett, M.J.; Hammond, S.K.; Grimsrud, D.T., "Secondhand smoke transfer and reductions by air sealing and ventilation in multiunit buildings: PFT and nicotine verification," Indoor Air [Epub ahead of print], July 20, 2010.
Abstract Surveys suggest that transfer of secondhand smoke (SHS) between units in multiunit residential buildings is common, but measured data are rare. This study was undertaken to quantify bulk air transfer between units and document transfer of SHS species before and after treatments that sealed boundaries between units and provided a minimum amount of continuous exhaust ventilation of each unit. Six buildings in Minnesota were studied. Treatments were performed in clusters of up to eight units in each building, including zero to two units occupied by smokers. Bulk air transfer was quantified through passive perfluorocarbon tracer (PFT) gas tests. SHS transfer was evaluated using passive nicotine sampling. The median fraction of air entering a unit that came from other units tagged with PFTs ranged from 0.021 in a new condominium building to 0.353 in a 1930s duplex, with an overall median of 0.041. Treatments provided a median decrease of 29% in the fraction of transferred air and reduced PFT concentrations by about 40%, because of increased ventilation of both source and target apartments. Nicotine was transferred at only one-sixth the rate of PFTs. Involuntary exposure to SHS can be reduced but not eliminated by modifying existing, occupied multiunit buildings. PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: Recent studies of secondhand smoke exposure in multiunit housing indicate transmission of SHS constituents from smokers' units to those occupied by nonsmokers. A straightforward solution for this problem is to eliminate air leakage transfer between these units. This study describes a 2-year investigation of air sealing and ventilation improvements in six multiunit buildings located in a heating-dominated climate region of the US. The results quantify the reduction in interunit transfer of air between smokers' and nonsmokers' units. While it is possible to reduce the transfer when done with care, it is extremely difficult to eliminate these flows unless the buildings are vacated and extensively rebuilt. Eliminating air leakage between smokers' and nonsmokers' units is not a practical means of solving SHS transmission in an existing building.
encourages smoke-free apartments, condos
MyNorthwest.com - Stephanie Klein - September 22, 2010
People living in apartments and condominiums in King County now have the option to set a no-smoking rule.
Dr. Bud Nicola, with the King County Board of Health, told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson on Tuesday, "The resolution encourages voluntary action by developers, by home owners associations, and by housing authorities. We think, in fact, that these folks don't know that they have a legal right to set reasonable rules about protecting the health of their residents." ...
Housing Authority Considers Going Smoke-Free
KEPR 19 - Molly Kelleher - September 22, 2010
KENNEWICK -- It's a fight between your rights and your money. KEPR Action News found out the Kennewick Housing Authority may go smoke free.That means anyone who lives in a KHA property won't be able to smoke indoors, in the yard or anywhere on site.
And KEPR discovered it's a trend happening around the Northwest.
Cheryl Hunter knows she shouldn't smoke, but she's not quitting. If Cheryl doesn't kick the habit, she could get kicked out of her apartment.
"I feel that we don't need to be pushed into a corner and given an ultimatum," said Hunter.
The Kennewick Housing Authority may make all of its properties smoke-free by February 2011. ...
CORPUS CHRISTI The Corpus Christi Housing Authority has made a principled decision to uphold the rights of nonsmokers, including small children, not to breathe secondhand smoke. The Housing Authority decided to ban smoking from public housing units starting Oct. 1. If only it were sooner.
Last year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a memo to housing authorities encouraging smoke bans and pointing out health-related concerns as justification. Among those are that secondhand smoke can migrate between densely packed housing units. The memo points out some now-well-known-by-everybody consequences of secondhand smoke respiratory illnesses, heart disease and cancer. And the memo points out that most people in public housing are older than 61 and younger than 18, populations considered especially vulnerable to the hazards of secondhand smoke.
HUD shouldnt have to work that hard to make its case. ...
Multi-Family Housing issues Notice encouraging owners and management agents
to implement smoke-free policies (PDF)
SFELP, September 20, 2010
On September 15th, the HUD Multi-Family Housing section issued a Notice in which they encouraged owners and management agents of HUD Multi-Family Housing rental assistance programs, such as Section 8, to adopt and implement smoke-free policies for some or all their properties. The Notice provides guidance to owners and managers on how to implement such policies. The Notice tells owners and managers to implement smoke-free policies by updating their House Rules. This Notice is similar to one HUD issued on July 17, 2009 to public and Indian housing authorities and demonstrates HUD's commitment to protecting the health of residents.
Co. health board pushes smoking ban in apartments
KOMO News - Denise Whitaker - September 16, 2010
State law already prevents smoking in most public spaces - but how about a ban in your home?
Citing the dangers of second-hand smoke, the King County Board of Health passed a resolution that encourages landlords to ban smoking in their buildings.
The resolution encourages all multi-family housing to adopt no-smoking policies.
The King County Department of Health says it gets complaints almost daily about smoke drifting into non-smokers apartments. ...
on smoking ban in Tacoma apartments put off
TheNewsTribune.com - September 16, 2010
The Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health is in no rush to lend its support to an effort to restrict smoking in apartment buildings.
At a study session Wednesday, board members juggled the idea like a hot potato, deciding in the end to seek more information before they sign on to anything.
"The cart is way before the horse at this point,"health board Chairman Dick Muri said. "Stay tuned." ...
Park tightening restrictions on smokers
San Jose Mercury News - September 15, 2010
MENLO PARK, Calif.The city of Menlo Park is poised to tighten restrictions on smokers.
The city council unanimously approved a new law on Tuesday that would ban smoking in common areas of apartment and condominium buildings, parks and picnic areas.
It would also make it illegal to smoke at athletic fields and transit stops.
The council needs to hold another vote on the measure before it can go into effect.
Councilmember did agree to allow restaurants, bars and tobacco shops to permit smoking in designated outside patio areas in response to concerns raised by some local business owners. ...
The ordinance will return to the council for a second reading and council action. If the council approves the ordinance, it will go into effect in 60 days.
City Attorney Bill McClure walked the council through major changes to the ordinance, which will ban smoking in outdoor areas like Cafe Barrone's patio unless the business owner chooses to set aside a designated, unenclosed space for smokers.
The burden will be on the owners to put up signs allowing smoking, Mr. McClure said, otherwise the assumption should be that smoking is prohibited.
While residents can still smoke within their own apartment, or while walking in the street, common use areas of multi-unit housing will become smoke-free zones.
Mr. McClure explained that those violating the ordinance could be subject to fines and code enforcement action. ...
Smoking will be banned in many public places in Menlo Park, including the common areas of apartment and condominium buildings, under a new law unanimously approved by the city council Tuesday night.
Responding to concerns from local business owners, council members granted an exemption for restaurants, bars and tobacco shops to permit smoking in designated outside patio areas, despite general agreement about the health impacts of secondhand smoke.
Existing state law prohibits smoking in playgrounds and within 20 feet of building entry ways, as well as in most indoor places of employment.
Menlo Park's ordinance also makes it illegal to light up at parks, picnic areas, athletic fields, transit stops and other waiting areas. In addition, it bans smoking in the common areas of apartment and condominium buildings, including halls, stairways, lobbies, laundry rooms, swimming pools, shared cooking areas and associated parking areas. It does not restrict smoking on streets and sidewalks and uncovered parking lots.
In order for the ordinance to become law, the council will need to hold a second reading and take another vote at a future meeting. It would become effective 60 days after passage. ...
N. LAKE SHORE DRIVEILLINOIS' FIRST SMOKE- CONDOMINIUM
NHD Buzz (press release) - September 13, 2010
CHICAGOCondominium owners at 1418 N. Lake Shore Drive, a luxury 28-unit high-rise on the Gold Coast, have voted to become Illinois first smoke-free condo building by prohibiting cigarette, cigar, pipe or any other smoking in the propertys common areas and individual residences.
Smoke-free apartment and condominium buildings are becoming the wave of the future as the serious health effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), or secondhand smoke, have become better understood, real estate experts say.
Transforming 1418 North Lake Shore Drive into a smoke-free building represents an on-going green trend at the upscale high-rise, which was built as a luxury condominium building in 1981, noted , said Brian Lozell, Assistant Vice President of DK Condo, the management firm for the 1418 North Lake Shore Drive Condominium Association. DK Condo is a Draper and Kramer Incorporated company.
Along with offering a healthier living environment for residents and their guests, the vote to prohibit smoking at 1418 North Lake Shore Drive also complies with the Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control (ETSC), a pre-requisite for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the United States Green Building Council, said Lozell ...
Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Changing the Landscape of Michigan &
SFELP, September 10, 2010
At the 2010 Fall Conference of NAHRO-Michigan, SFELPs Jim Bergman gave a presentation titled Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Changing the Landscape of Michigan & America. The presentation and the accompanying PowerPoint provided information about the dramatic changes that have occurred in the past decade in smoke-free housing nationally and in Michigan, particularly related to public housing and other affordable housing. It also presented information on how and why to go smoke-free and included many slides of public housing and other affordable housing entities that have smoke-free policies. There is also one slide that includes info from the CDC research released on Sept. 7, 2010 on the % of nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke. You can view and download the PowerPoint presentation titled Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Changing the Landscape of Michigan & America and you can also view and download a pdf version by clicking above.
ban on residential balconies, porches takes effect
Marina Del Rey (CA) Argonaut, 2010-09-09
Smokers in Santa Monica are no longer allowed to light up while on balconies or porches near homes.
The Santa Monica City Council strengthened the city's protections against second-hand smoke by adopting an ordinance Aug. 10 that expands the smoke-free outdoor areas at multi-unit residential properties to a 25-foot radius around all doors, windows, and vents.
This includes all private balconies, patios, porches, and decks within the 25-foot radius and also covers areas on neighboring properties that are within 25 feet of a door, window or vent.
The new 25-foot rule takes effect Thursday, Sept. 9.
under way to regulate smoking in Marin apartment complexes
Trading Markets (press release) - September 8, 2010
Sep 08, 2010 (The Marin Independent Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The county of Marin and four municipalities, including Fairfax and Larkspur, are exploring the possibility of regulating smoking in apartment complexes, a step taken by the city Novato two years ago.
When the American Lung Association issued its yearly report card on tobacco control in January, five Marin municipalities -- Belvedere, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Sausalito and Tiburon -- flunked. Fairfax, Larkspur, San Anselmo and San Rafael were ranked below average, a D grade. Novato, which passed sweeping tobacco control legislation in 2008, garnered a B, one of only 11 jurisdictions statewide to do so.
Fairfax Town Council members discussed an ordinance last week that would require existing apartment complexes with six or more units to be 50 percent nonsmoking, and new complexes of like size to be 75 percent nonsmoking within a year. It would ban smoking in apartment complex common areas.
The council postponed any action and agreed to continue discussion at its October meeting. Fairfax has already held two public meetings on the issue.
Smoke Free Marin, a coalition of tobacco activists, community groups, health agencies and youth-serving agencies, will present arguments for tightening smoking regulations to Larkspur residents during a public forum scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Larkspur City Council chambers at 400 Magnolia Ave. in Larkspur.
Council members representing two other Marin cities expressed interest in an ordinance regulating smoking in apartment ...
smoking ban? Let's have the debate
TheNewsTribune.com - September 8, 2010
Washingtons indoor smoke ban got its start in Pierce County, whose gutsy Board of Health forced the issue upon the state in 2003 by passing a push-the-envelope local ban.
Now the board ought to put an apartment smoke ban on the state agenda, as a citizens group is urging. Its a seemingly radical idea, but the case for banning smoking in multi-unit dwellings sounds increasingly compelling. That case ought to be argued in Olympia.
PUSH People United for Smoke-free Housing wants the board to endorse such a ban to give the proposal more credibility in the Legislature. That shouldnt be a stretch for the people who oversee the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department; their interest is public health, presumably undiluted by concern for smokers rights.
The best argument against a ban is that it would extend state regulation too deeply into peoples lives. That libertarian logic works well for single-family homes; in apartments and condominiums, it is undermined by the fact that there are usually nonsmoking neighbors living under the same roof.
When neighbors share walls and ventilation systems, and tobacco smoke inevitably seeps through gaps, cracks, ducts, electrical and plumbing conduits, appeals to personal choice cut both ways. ...
Housing Authority facility goes smoke-free
Statesman Journal - Thelma Guerrero-Huston - September 8, 2010
It's been about 13 years since Connie Ginther took her last puff off a cigarette.
"It was a struggle," the 69-year-old Salem woman said about quitting smoking. "Cigarettes were always there for me."
The story is different for Andrew Staggs, 69, who is a chain smoker.
But unlike years past, Staggs, who resides in the Robert Lindsey Tower in downtown Salem, must go outdoors to light up.
That's because the Salem Housing Authority has designated the tower a smoke-free building.
Except for Englewood West, which has been a non-smoking facility since it was built and put in service in February 1992, Salem Housing Authority recently began implementing non-smoking rules at its properties piecemeal.
So far, the policy only applies to new housing residents and tenants who have renewed their lease. The rule does not yet apply to people who are "grandfathered" in.
"This is really about the effects of second-hand (cigarette) smoke, and the people who don't smoke but have to endure the smoke," said Andy Wilch, the housing authority's administrator.
The housing authority first began exploring the possibility of going smoke-free at all of its properties last fall, though not all are smoke-free yet,he said.
Non-smoking policies help to reduce damage to units, saving the agency a significant amount of money it otherwise would have to spend to thoroughly clean a unit damaged by cigarette smoke, Wilch said.
It typically takes 10 days to turn around a vacated unit with sustained smoke damage, said Nicole Utz, the authority's housing services supervisor.
"Nicotine attaches to all types of surfaces, so we have to clean, and in some instances, replace the carpet, replace the blinds, clean the walls, and a lot more," she said. "It's extensive work that's costly." ...
Inlet Housings Centennial Village Grows to Meet Alaskan Seniors
Housing Needs, Eklutna Estates Grand Opening as a Smoke-Free Building is August
3rd; Starting September 1, 2010 All CIHA Buildings Will Begin Becoming Totally
Alaska Business Monthly, September 8, 2010
The following is from a press release from Cook Inlet Housing Authority in Alaska: Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) will celebrate the grand opening of Eklutna Estates, located at 8850 Centennial Circle on Tuesday, August 3rd at 1:30 p.m. Eklutna Estates is a fifty-nine unit facility located within CIHAs existing senior community, Centennial Village, in east Anchorage. Eklutna Estates consists of 46 one-bedroom/one-bath units and 13 two-bedroom/two-bath units and is open to Alaskans aged 55 and older. Eklutna Estates is a mixed-income property with most rental units available based on income eligibility guidelines and a limited number of units available at market rate without income restrictions. CIHA is proud to announce that Eklutna Estates is a smokefree building. More and more Alaskans want to live in a smokefree environment, says Carol Gore, President and CEO of CIHA. It is our goal to provide quality, affordable and healthy homes. The Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance will present CIHA with a Letter of Commendation for their efforts in providing healthy housing options. This is CIHAs first smokefree property. As of September 1 CIHA will implement a smokefree housing policy in all of our properties all new leases will be smokefree and expired leases will become smokefree as they come up for renewal.
approves plan to limit smoking in public housing
HeraldNet - Noah Haglund - September 2, 2010
Public housing agencies in Snohomish County have a financial incentive to adopt smoking bans after a new policy passed the County Council on Wednesday.
The policy gives bonus points in the funding process to agencies that ban smoking in all or most of their facilities. It's expected to affect about 700 units over the next five years, said Dean Weitenhagen, the county's supervisor of housing, homelessness and community development.
The county awards about $3 million in capital funds each year for public housing, but supplies no housing directly. ...
Pasadena takes another step against public smoking
Whittier Daily News - Adolfo Flores - September 2, 2010
SOUTH PASADENA - After a new ordinance banning smoking in common areas in apartment, condo and townhouse complexes goes into effect this weekend, Yan Shackleton worries she may not see much of her father.
"I can't imagine telling my dad not to smoke," said Shackleton, 36, who lives in an apartment complex near El Centro Street. "I'm not kidding. He won't go to Santa Monica" because of a similar ordinance there.
Starting Saturday, residents of multi-unit dwellings - including duplexes - who light up in common areas like lobbies, stairways, community rooms and elevators will face a minimum fine of $250.
The ordinance goes further. In three years, beginning in September 2013, smoking will be banned inside individual apartments, duplexes, condos and townhomes. Landlords can designate smoking areas or designate not more than 20 percent of their units as smoking residences.
Effective immediately as of Saturday, all new construction units must be non-smoking, according to the ordinance. ...
County to crack down on public housing smoking
Puget Sound Business Journal, September 1, 2010
Snohomish County is moving closer to banning smoking in the county's public housing projects.
The Herald in Everett reports that the Snohomish County Council Wednesday will consider giving public housing agencies financial incentives to ban smoking in their buildings, citing secondhand smoke and fire dangers, as well as money saved cleaning smokers' dwellings. ...
HACSA to Ban Smoking
KEZI TV - Susan Gager - August 31, 2010
LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Some local smokers are outraged with local housing managers because of a smoking ban inside low-income housing complexes.
Smoking was banned in restaurants, bars and taverns and around certain public buildings. Now the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County (HACSA) has put their foot down.
Come the new year, smoking will not be allowed in their estimated 1,500 complexes they own around Eugene and Springfield.
HACSA says it's hard to turn a unit damaged by nicotine smoke. They've also received numerous complaints from people who smell smoke from neighboring units, and the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supports them.
But smokers in those apartments say it's not so much the issue of smoking, but rather an invasion of their privacy.
One smoker who does not want to be named says he lost his home Monday over the issue.
"They want to ban legal things that we are able to enjoy within the privacy of our homes," said Rick.
"Unfortunately, there is no right to smoke and damage a unit or damage someone else's lungs. Once that smoke infiltrates into my neighbor's unit, it has now become a situation that the other neighbor is trying to take care of," said Chuck D. Hauck, HACSA Housing Director. ...
living goal for coalition
Glens Falls Post-Star - August 30, 2010
Developer Peter Hoffman remembers when smoking was a social norm.
His high school had a smoking area for students. Planes had ash trays. And cigarettes were as commonplace as drinks inside bars.
While a lot of progress has been made to create smoke-free public places, landlords like Hoffman say there is still work to be done on the residential front.
With assistance from the Southern Adirondack Tobacco-Free Coalition, Hoffman is working toward a smoke-free goal for all of his real estate holdings, including about 100 apartments.
Janine Stuchin, project manager for the Southern Adirondack Tobacco Free Coalition, said demand for smoke-free housing is growing, which helps to push developers in that direction.
The coalition, which is funded by the state Department of Health, has made smoke-free housing a priority project. The idea is that such policies reduce non-smokers' exposure to second-hand smoke, and are an incentive for smokers to quit.
The coalition recently released results from a survey, which showed a majority of property owners have non-smoking policies in their rental housing, and are satisfied with those policies.
"They are motivated by reducing complaints about exposure to smoke, and that really points to the fact that the public has less tolerance for this," Stuchin said.
The survey polled 421 landlords who manage a total of more than 10,000 units in Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties about tobacco policies.
Fifty-four percent have a smoking policy in at least some of their multi-unit rental properties. Of those, about half have had that policy for five or more years.
Eighty percent said a non-smoking policy has lessened their maintenance costs, and 61 percent received positive feedback from tenants and guests about the non-smoking rules ...
Co. considers banning smoking in apartments
Seattle Post Intelligencer - August 29, 2010
TACOMA, Wash. -- The fight over smoking restrictions in Washington state has moved from bars and office-buildings to private residences.
The News Tribune reports that a group called People United for Smoke-Free Housing has asked the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board to classify secondhand smoke as a "nuisance" in multi-unit housing, because smoke can seep from one apartment to another and bother other residents. That could allow landlords to evict people for smoking.
The proposal, which backers hope to have inserted into the state's landlord-tenant law, is one of dozens of attempts in communities around the country to extend no-smoking restrictions to rental housing.
"This is the last piece of the puzzle that needs to be placed," said Nan Hogan of University Place, who helped write the proposed legislation. "We've got smoke-free motel rooms, smoke-free restaurants, smoke-free bars, smoke-free office buildings and even prisons. Why should we go home and have to breathe it there? ...
group pushing for smoke-free apartments
Health: Group wants secondhand smoke declared 'nuisance' in multi-unit housing
Bellingham (WA) Herald, 2010-08-29
ROB CARSON; Staff writer
In Washington, as elsewhere, the battle over secondhand smoke is moving from airplanes, bars and office buildings to an arena that once seemed impenetrable: private residences.
Next month, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Board members will consider a proposal to classify secondhand smoke as a "nuisance" in multi-unit housing.
The proposal, which backers want inserted into the state's landlord-tenant law, is one of dozens of attempts in communities around the country to extend no-smoking restrictions from public places to rental housing.
"This is the last piece of the puzzle that needs to be placed," said Nan Hogan of University Place, who helped write the proposed legislation. "We've got smoke-free motel rooms, smoke-free restaurants, smoke-free bars, smoke-free office buildings and even prisons. Why should we go home and have to breathe it there?" ...
Over Smoking in Condos Catches Fire in Florida
The National Law Journal - I.M. Stackel - August 25, 2010
If you can smell it, it can hurt you.
That contention has churned up debate among condominium owners over the right to smoke cigarettes in one's own unit versus a neighbor's right to breathe clean air.
Lawsuits are being filed around the nation, and some attorneys who represent Florida condominium associations say the issue could soon be coming to a court here.
Coral Gables real estate agent Ana Anderson moved out of her Silver Palms condo last month because her neighbors' smoke was seeping into her walls and through her ventilation system. Minimally, Anderson wants to recoup the cost of medical bills, sealing off her apartment from smoke, and wages lost due to illness. She also wants Silver Palms to become a smoke-free building. She said she will sue if she has to and is in the process of hiring attorneys who are well-versed in the issues.
Anderson now lives in the in-law quarters of a house she owns. It is smoke-free and she has control over the environment.
Anderson became physically ill several days after her November move into her new condo. She muscled through her allergic reactions before asking the condo association for help to seal off smoke wafting in from two neighbors' apartments, one next door and one beneath her unit.
Her neighbors at the Dadeland-area complex were sympathetic, and tried to remedy the situation but could not, she said.
They washed down their walls with bleach, but fresh second-hand smoke kept pouring in, according to Anderson. Had her neighbors stopped smoking, the air would have cleared up in a very short while, she said.
"I understand that people have a right to do what they want [in their own homes] but here's the problem: I spent over $2,000 sealing my apartment from smoke," Anderson said. ...
Commission adopts smoke-free policy for all properties, effective January 1,
Smoke Free Environments Law Project (SFELP), 8/17/2010
We're very pleased to report that the Detroit Housing Commission Michigans largest public housing authority adopted a smoke-free policy for all its multi-family properties. The smoke-free policy goes into effect for all residents no grandfathering on January 1, 2011 in all its 15 properties with a total of 2,118 units. The policy covers 10 elderly buildings with 1,440 units and 5 family buildings with 678 units. Smoking will only be allowed in outdoor designated smoking areas, if any. The Detroit Housing Commission will provide assistance to residents to quit smoking. It has been our pleasure to assist the Detroit Housing Commission in adopting this policy. Michigan now has 42 housing commissions with smoke-free policies for some or all their properties. The policies cover about 85 apartment buildings/developments and over 384 townhouses/scattered site units, with about 7,744 total apartment units. Three of the largest housing commissions in Michigan now have adopted smoke-free policies Grand Rapids with about 900 units, Detroit with 2,118 units, and Lansing with 834 units. Nationally, there are now at least 179 local housing authorities that have adopted smoke-free policies for some or all their properties. Among the largest housing authorities to have adopted smoke-free policies for almost all their properties are the 3 three Michigan ones named above; Portland, Oregon with 1,993 units covered and may be adding 3,760 units soon; and Everett, Washington with 1,047 units to be smoke-free in June, 2011. Other large housing authorities that have adopted smoke-free policies, but only for a few of their properties or are phasing in the smoke-free policies over the next few years include: Minneapolis, Boston, Denver, and Seattle.
or freedom? Rules restrict smoking in public housing
MetroWest Daily News - Michael Morton - August 12, 2010
When a Wayland board responded to health worries and tenant complaints with a vote last fall prohibiting smoking in the town's public housing, it initially exempted existing occupants out of a sense of fairness.
Last month, Housing Authority board members reconsidered: Since the special allowance left enforcement an impossible task and created its own equity problems, they applied the ban to everyone.
"The smokers are resigned that they have to change their lifestyle," Executive Director Brian Boggia said, placing the restriction within the progression of laws barring smoking in enclosed public spaces. ...
landlords, residents satisfied with non-smoking policies
Troy (NY) Record, 2010-08-11
Jessica M. Pasko The Record
The majority of property owners in six upstate counties have non-smoking polices in their rental housing and are satisfied with those policies, according to a survey by the Siena College Research Institute.
The survey, conducted on behalf of the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition and the Southern Adirondack Tobacco-Free Coalition, is based on answers from 421 landlords in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties. The landlords, who manage more than 10,000 units of housing in the region, were asked about their tobacco policies.
Across the six counties, more than half -- 54 percent -- of the property owners have a smoking policy in at least some of their multi-unit rental properties. A majority of those with a policy -- 53 percent -- have had that policy in place for at least five years, while 17 percent have had the policy for less than three years.
Non-smoking policies vary, and can include prohibiting residents and visitors from carrying lit tobacco inside all or some rental units, common areas, entrances and grounds. Tri City Rentals, the largest apartment management in the region, made a corporate decision last year to encourage all of their apartment communities to convert at least one of their buildings to a non-smoking policy.
Boston should ban smoking in all public-housing units
Boston (MA) Globe, 2010-08-09
BANNING SMOKING in multifamily housing is the next frontier of the anti-tobacco movement, and Boston's plan to enact such a restriction in its 64 public housing developments within the next three years would intrude, to some extent, on residents' personal choices. But while residents deserve to make their own health decisions, their actions shouldn't burden their neighbors with second-hand smoke and fuel a burgeoning asthma epidemic. With all due respect to those who feel they should have the right to light up in their own homes, the city should aggressively follow through with the ban. . . .
Even though the proposal is only in its beginning stages, Boston Housing Authority staff have already fielded calls from other cities wondering how they, too, can adopt such a measure. This puts Boston in a unique position. If the city follows through with its proposal, Boston can enhance the lives of its own residents while striking a meaningful blow against one of the nation's most deadly, and most easily correctible, public-health problems: smoking. ...
Housing Authority units to become smoke-free
Wicked Local (MA), 2010-08-05
Susan L. Wagner GateHouse News Service
By the spring of 2011, smoking will be history throughout Cochituate Village Apartments, Bent Park, and all the single and multi-family homes operated under the auspices of the Wayland Housing Authority.
After two public hearings in June, the five-member Housing Authority voted unanimously on July 15 to institute a blanket prohibition on smoking in all 111 of its apartments and the 20 scattered-site homes they operate in town. The ban goes into effect on May 1, 2011. Currently, public areas of the units are smoke-free.
According to Brian Boggia, executive director of the Housing Authority, the impetus to initiate the ban arose from the tenants. ...
Expands Residential Smoking Ban
The Lookout News - Jonathan Friedman - July 29, 2010
The City Council on Tuesday strengthened second-hand smoking protection in multi-family residential buildings with a ban on smoking within a 25-foot radius of doors and windows. Smoking is already not allowed in common areas, but this new restriction will cover private balconies, patios and other areas from which smoke can travel to other units and common areas.
As when the council members approved the common area ban last year, they did not approve any penalties for violating the restriction. Those who are bothered by a violator can take the person to small claims court. Nearly all the council members admitted this was not a great solution, but some feared including an infraction could lead to evictions.
Its the classic the road to hell is paved with good intentions, Council member Gleam Davis said. What we are doing here is walking a very thin line trying to weigh and protect the rights of non-smokers and the rights of tenants.
Mayor Bobby Shriver wants penalties for violations. He was the lone vote against the measure because he said it was not strong enough. Although he did not specify he wanted a ban on smoking within a unit, something some activists have demanded, Shriver said one does not have the right to do whatever he or she pleases in the home.
Even though I fully take the home is your castle kind of concept, its not your castle for various things already under the law, Shriver said. You cant have certain controlled substances in your home. You cant engage in certain kinds of activities in your home. And why your right to engage in putting carcinogens into babies should be protected is beyond me.
Costa holds off on apartment smoking ban
Contra Costa (CA) Times, 2010-07-28
Lisa Vorderbrueggen Contra Costa Times
MARTINEZ -- Medical marijuana has put a temporary lid on Contra Costa County's plans to ban smoking inside new apartments and condos, a major expansion of its already strict smoking laws.
The board on Tuesday postponed for two weeks a vote on the more restrictive secondhand smoking ordinance pending a decision about whether it should exempt the smoking of medically prescribed marijuana.
"Smoke is smoke," said board Chairman John Gioia, of Richmond. "But we need to know where this issue stands with respect to state law."
If adopted, smoking would be banned inside all apartment or condominium complexes of four units or more built after Jan. 1.
pushes for smoke-free housing
Ban in Hub could be nation's largest
Boston (MA) Globe, 2010-07-27
Jenifer B. McKim Globe Staff
Meena Carr figured out years ago why her young grandson, Malik, was chronically coughing and wheezing: Her home made him sick. Carr, 69, didn't smoke cigarettes, but some of her neighbors in the Washington-Beech housing development did, often in the hallway. The smell permeated Carr's apartment.
Last month, Washington-Beech in Roslindale became the city's first smoke-free public housing development. Today, Carr plans to join other community leaders, public officials, and housing advocates to discuss the Boston Housing Authority's more ambitious long-term objective -- clearing the air by 2013 at all 64 public housing developments.
That positions Boston to become the first city in Massachusetts, and perhaps the largest housing authority nationwide, to impose such a ban. Under the proposal, still in its initial stages, about 27,000 residents in 12,000 units would be prohibited from smoking in common areas and their own apartments.
"This new initiative will go a long way to encourage more healthy living styles for our residents,'' said Mayor Thomas M. Menino . . .
Today's meeting at Suffolk University is being billed by officials as a "summit'' to launch the campaign. Details, including how a ban would be phased in and how violators would be punished, are still unclear. Housing officials say the process will include community debate and a public comment period. By January, they hope to submit a proposal to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Nationwide, about 170 public housing authorities -- roughly 5 percent -- have instituted some kind of no-smoking policy
Costa will look at smoking ban in new, multiunit apartments
San Jose Mercury News - John Simerman - July 26, 2010
For apartment dwellers who light up, outdoors is fast becoming off-limits and indoors, too, in some places.
The Contra Costa County board of supervisors today will consider joining other counties and cities in leveling stiff restrictions on smoking around apartments and condos including a ban inside new multiunit housing beginning 2011.
That ordinance would ban puffing in carports, on outdoor balconies, porches, decks and patios in all buildings with four or more residences. It also would require landlords to include the smoking limits in new leases enabling eviction of tenants who fail to comply.
The goal of the restrictions, which would affect unincorporated areas of the county only, is not to force people to quit, but to reduce health damage from secondhand smoke that wafts through windows, doors and ventilation systems, said Denice Dennis, manager of the county's Tobacco Prevention Project.
A rising number of complaints now more than half of all complaints to the county-run project are for smoke drift, she said.
"Someone's out on the balcony and it's drifting in my door or window or drifting in through the piping there's a lot of cracks and crevices in multiunit housing," she said. "Science has demonstrated that secondhand smoke can permeate walls." ...
City Council approves tough smoking ban
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Bob Norberg - Jul 21, 2010
The Sebastopol City Council approved a smoking ordinance on Tuesday that is the toughest in Sonoma County, extending the smoking ban to apartments.
The council, however, restricted the ban to tobacco and nicotine products, removing any mention of medical marijuana.
The ordinance would require that landlords write into leases for new renters a prohibition on smoking, with a 14-month grace period for existing tenants.
In California, only the city of Belmont has an ordinance as broad, although Rohnert Park will have a smoking prohibition in half of that city's apartments takes effect next year.
The Sebastopol ordinance still needs to be brought back at a future City Council meeting for final approval. ...
Smoke-free public housing makes good sense
Rochester (MN) Post Bulletin, July 19, 2010
The following is from a July 19th Rochester (MN) Post Bulletin editorial: If you smoke, live with a smoker or in an apartment complex where some residents smoke, here are some points to ponder. ? The United States Fire Administration, a division of FEMA, says residential fires caused by smoking kill 700-900 people in the United States each year. ? A fire caused by careless smoking is nearly four times as likely to result in a fatality, and 25 percent of those who die each year in smoking-related fires are NOT the actual smoker. ? In 2006, there were 67 smoking-related fires in multi-unit residential properties in Minnesota. ? One smoking-related fire in Burnsville in 2007 resulted in $1.5 million in damage to an apartment complex, and residents suffered an $800,000 property loss. So it is that we applaud the decision by Fontaine Towers and Central Towers in Rochester to phase in an outright ban on smoking inside their buildings, which are home to people who are 62 or older or disabled. The new policies, strongly endorsed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, make a ton of sense. It's hard to imagine a worse fire situation in Rochester than a 15-story building that's occupied primarily by people who would require assistance in escaping. Any step that can be taken to prevent such a fire is worth taking. But there are many other reasons to embrace these new rules. Cigarette smoke is bad for both the smoker and those nearby, and we believe every resident of a publicly-funded housing facility should have the right to breathe smoke-free air. When those residents are elderly or have physical disabilities, that right becomes even more important. Insurance rate change? Encourage by fire department? Easier to rent? Furthermore, we're not thrilled with idea that some of the tax dollars we send to Washington are used to subsidize housing for people who smoke. It's expensive to clean an apartment after a smoker has occupied it, and frankly, if someone's income is low enough to require subsidized housing, perhaps they shouldn't be buying cigarettes. So, if anyone cares to float the idea that smoking should be banned from all public housing complexes, count us in.
Tribe Housing Authority offers smoke-free housing
The following is from a July 20th SooToday.com news story:
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has become the first tribe in Michigan - and fifth in the nation - to establish smoke-free housing units for tribal members. The Sault Tribe Housing Authority today celebrated the opening of smoke-free homes for eight tribal families (four duplex units) in Kincheloe, Michigan. Additional smoke-free housing units will be established in future years, under a new policy adopted earlier this year by the Sault Tribe Housing Authority Commission. "Providing a healthy living environment for tribal members is our main goal," said Sault Tribe Housing Director Joni Talentino. "We want to give our members the opportunity to join the nationwide movement toward becoming smoke-free." All of the smoke-free units are full. Starting in November 2008, as an initiative of the Sault Tribe Strategic Alliance for Health Project, the Sault Tribe Tobacco Task Force, the Sault Tribe Housing Authority, the Sault Tribal Youth Council, the Chippewa County Tobacco-Free Living Coalition, the Smoke-free Environments Law Project and the Michigan Department of Community Health worked together to adopt the policy and establish the smoke-free housing units. Other supporters of the policy included the Tribal Youth Council and smoke-free environments. "Many tribal and non-tribal entities worked hard on obtaining this status," said Donna Norkoli, project coordinator of the Sault Tribe Strategic Alliance for Health Project. "It truly could not have been done without these partnerships." The Sault Tribe Housing Authority joins nine other local housing commissions in the U.P. who have adopted smoke-free policies. "Of 11 tribal housing authorities in Michigan, the Sault Tribe has taken the lead in adopting a smoke-free policy," said Jim Bergman of the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project. "Hopefully, other tribes will soon follow the Sault Tribes leadership role." ... The Sault Tribe Housing Authority manages more than 500 housing units across the Upper Peninsula.
May Be Added to the Smoking Ban List in Sebastopol
KSRO - July 20, 2010
The city of Sebastopol currently bans smoking in the workplace, restaurants, bars, hotels and public areas - and they may soon be adding apartment buildings ...
Montgomery apartments go smoke-free
The Washington Post, 2010-07-01
Erin Donaghue The Gazette
Developers in Montgomery County say they are responding to a local and national trend as they open smoke-free apartment buildings. As people grow accustomed to smoke-free bars and restaurants, potential tenants are drawn to smoke-free living environments, according to officials at some property management companies.
"Nationally, you're going to see more of it, and I think that's definitely a trend," said Anthony Greenberg, a vice president and development manager with the JBG companies, which built the Alaire. The building, which opened in March, is JBG's first smoke-free residential building, Greenberg said.
"We've gotten very positive feedback," he said. "I think the theory that this is in demand is definitely being borne out."
Montgomery residents lead the state when it comes to complaints from tenants about secondhand smoke from neighbors, said Rita Turner, deputy director of the Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation and Advocacy at the University of Maryland School of Law. According to data from several states, gathered by the Asthma Regional Council of New England, 25 to 63 percent of tenants can smell secondhand smoke from other rental units. . . .
The Blairs, an apartment community in Silver Spring, went smoke-free four years ago. In 2005, an elderly couple died at the complex after a smoking-related fire. ...
Oregon landlords ban smoking indoors
Ashland Daily Tidings - Andy Dworkin - July 1, 2010
PORTLAND When Rebecca Geary moved into a Gresham apartment, the cigarette smoke that somehow wafted into a bathroom from her neighbor downstairs was just an annoyance. Geary says she smoked many years ago "as a kid," but had grown so sensitive to the smell that she shut the door to that bathroom and only used another.
Soon after, doctors found cancer in one of Geary's lungs and had to remove it. With just one lung left, the traces of smoke still creeping into her apartment made it hard for Geary to breathe and she had nine months left on her lease. Fortunately, city housing officials helped Geary get out of her lease and she found smoke-free housing with friends. In August, she'll graduate from nursing school and look for her own apartment again, one that bans any tenants from lighting up. ...
public housing projects go smoke-free?
CNN, June 16, 2010
SFELP: The following is from a June 16th CNN report: Between puffs of his cigarette, Aristo Lizica explains why he's all for a smoking ban in public housing -- including his own housing project on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. "When you smoke indoors, it hurts everybody," the 59-year-old says, leaning against an iron fence outside his building. "It's better for me to just make myself sick." Lizica would prefer to avoid making himself sick too, of course. "I want to quit," he adds. "I know cigarettes are bad for my health." Yet he remains unable to kick the habit. Federal housing officials are trying to help people like Lizica -- and his neighbors -- by making public housing smoke-free. Full or partial smoking bans would reduce secondhand smoke drifting between apartments, prevent cigarette-related fires, and even help smokers quit, they argue. "We see it as a win-win for both residents and housing authorities," says Donna White, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency that oversees public housing. In a 2009 memo, the department highlighted the dangers that indoor smoking poses to the nation's 2.1 million public housing residents, and "strongly encouraged" local housing authorities to implement smoking restrictions. But doing so remains voluntary, and so far only about 4 percent of local authorities have taken the step. "Change is hard," White says. Public health experts are hoping to light a fire under the cause. In a paper published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of researchers and attorneys from Harvard University argue that the health and safety gains of a smoking ban in housing projects would far outweigh the losses, which some say would include the privacy rights of smokers. Yet smokers like Lizica could prove to be the biggest winners, the authors suggest. "If federal officials and public housing authorities take this cue, we can expect to have large numbers of people quit smoking," says the lead author of the article, Jonathan Winickoff, M.D., a pediatrician and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, in Boston. "That could be the single greatest health benefit." Click above for the full CNN article. To access the full NEJM article, click here.
ban in public housing? San Joaquin agency seeks balance health ...
Tri-Valley Herald - Zachary K. Johnson - June 14, 2010
STOCKTON If the San Joaquin Housing Authority adopts a proposed smoking ban, tenants in public housing projects would contend with less secondhand smoke, but smokers could have to choose between lighting up only outside their homes or finding someplace else to live.
Housing officials have indicated they want to take a closer look before adopting a new policy.
"It's really a question of balancing the rights of each of the residents," Irenemaree Castillo, a member of the Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners, said at a recent public hearing. That means protecting the rights of both the smoker and the nonsmoker, she said. "There's a lot of thinking we need to do."
At the end of the hearing, the commissioners moved to create an ad hoc committee to explore possibilities. ...
Point apartments to be smoke free
Lake County News Chronicle - June 10, 2010
Harbor Point Apartments in Two Harbors has passed a smoke free policy that will go into effect on Oct. 1. Harbor Point is joining another smoke-free building in Two Harbors, Bayview Terrace, which implemented its policy last fall.
Harbor Points smoke-free policy was driven by residents who gathered signatures of fellow tenants for support, and the need for a healthier smoke-free environment. The American Lung Associations Smoke-Free Housing Program was then invited to do a tenant presentation on lung health, secondhand smoke and the trends around smoke-free multi-unit housing. As part of the presentation, residents were given a survey and 100 percent said they would prefer a smoke-free building. The survey also identified that two of the respondents were currently smoking in their unit and 42 percent were suffering from heart disease or a lung condition which could be worsened by the exposure to secondhand smoke. ...
A new type of smoking ban may be coming to more than 400 Lawrence homes.
The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority is considering a ban that would prohibit residents from smoking inside authority-owned apartments, such as Edgewood Homes, Babcock Place, Peterson Acres and Clinton Place.
We understand they are all adults and can make the choice of whether to smoke, said Barbara Huppee, executive director of the authority. But there is an issue of social justice for people who dont smoke but are affected by the secondhand smoke and the impact it has on their property. And then, theres the risk of fire. ...
ban may expand
Santa Monica Daily Press - Nick Taborek - May 21, 2010
CITY HALL Santa Monica's already strict anti-smoking laws could get even tougher.
Responding to residents' complaints that the existing ban on smoking in the common areas of apartments and condos doesn't go far enough, City Council members Gleam Davis and Kevin McKeown are asking their colleagues to support a proposal that would extend the no-smoking zone to include many residents' private patios and balconies.
Significant details of the potential new ordinance including how it would be enforced are to be determined. ...
The 480 apartments coming to market in Pasadena don't look much different from the competition, but they do smell different. Smoking isn't allowed anywhere on the premises.
Developer Sares-Regis Group wants a coveted LEED certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council that means the property meets certain environmental standards. Among the standards is good air quality, and one way to achieve it is to make sure smoke doesn't wend its way from one apartment to another.
That means that tenants and visitors who feel compelled to light up can be seen indulging themselves across the street from the eight-acre Westgate Apartments complex . . .
On the plus side, a LEED-certified green building is desirable to a large segment of renters, Carlson said. Smoke-free units are also cheaper to clean when tenants move out.
The decision is paying off so far. The rate of leasing since the first of nine buildings at Westgate opened in November is above projections, he said.
to consider sweeping laws on smoking
Solana Beach Sun - May 6, 2010
By Jonathan Horn
Could become first in county to earn an 'A' from Lung Association
If history is any indication, smokers in Solana Beach could soon be facing another pack of extinguishing restrictions.
In 1993, the city became the first to outlaw smoking in restaurants.
In 2001, Solana Beach was the first to ban lighting-up on beaches.
Later this month, it will consider how much staff time to invest in researching the possibilities of a variety of tools that could make it the first in the county to limit smoking in apartments or multi-unit housing.
Currently El Cajon is the only city in San Diego County that extends its public smoking ban to common areas of apartment buildings. It does not, however, limit use in apartments themselves.
Thought of by many as a champion of anti-smoking legislation, Solana Beach was one of only 15 cities in California last year to receive an overall "B" grade in the American Lung Association's anti-smoking annual report card. Just four out of the more than 400 jurisdictions assessed in the state received "A's". The reason the top grade is so rare is that cities must take steps to limit smoking in apartment buildings, which is controversial and can be hard to enforce. ...
John might ban smoking in public housing complexes
NOLA.com - Richard Thompson - May 10, 2010
The St. John the Baptist Parish Housing Authority may become the first agency in the metro area to follow a federal HUD recommendation and ban smoking inside the agency's public housing properties, a move local officials say is aimed at cutting maintenance costs and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.
Abiding by such a prohibition could become a requirement for getting and keeping housing, St. John officials said.
"It's better overall for everybody's health, and the cleanliness of the place," said Allen Smith, chairman of the St. John Housing Authority. ...
housing to soon be smoke free
Woodland (CA) Daily Democrat, 2010-05-04
Winters city officials have taken a proactive step by passing a resolution encouraging the housing complexes designate at least half of their property as smoke-free.
The city is the second municipality in Yolo County to pass this resolution, following Woodland which passed it in April 2008. As many California cities debate laws to ban smoking in outdoor and indoor spaces, more and more Yolo County multi-unit housing complexes are going smoke-free. ...
living in apartments with nonsmoking adults still exposed
The majority of children living in apartments are exposed to secondhand smoke, even when they don't live with smokers. This study from the University of Rochester Medical Center is the first to examine whether housing type is a potential contributor to children's exposure to cigarette smoke. The abstract was presented this morning at the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
Among children who lived in an apartment, 84 percent had been exposed to tobacco smoke, according to the level of a biomarker (cotinine) in their blood that indicates exposure to nicotine found in tobacco, and this included more than 9 of 10 African-American and white children. Even among children who lived in detached houses, 70 percent showed evidence of exposure.
"We are starting to understand the role that seepage through walls and through shared ventilation may impact tobacco smoke exposure in apartments," said Karen Wilson, M.D., MPH, author of the study and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Golisano Children's Hospital. "We see that children are being exposed in ways we are not picking up, and it's important, for their health, that we figure out where this exposure is taking place, and work to eliminate it. Multi-unit housing is one potential source, but a very important one." . . .
The study analyzed data from almost 6,000 children between 6- and 18-years-old in a national database (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2006)
Landlord Law; Smoking Policy Must be Disclosed
WGRZ-TV - Sally Durwald - 4/30/2010
BUFFALO, NY-The City of Buffalo has adopted a new smoking disclosure law for landlords.
Here's what it calls for: landlords must clearly state in their rental lease agreements if smoking is banned or allowed within rental units and common areas.
The legislation is the first of its kind in New York State and is now a requirement of the landlord registry within the city charter.
The Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition has resources available, including sample lease agreements and a listing of smoke-free apartments at www.smokefreehome.org. For more information, you can call 845-1615 ...
Housing Units In Duluth To Go Smoke Free
Northland's NewsCenter - 4/29/2010
Duluth HRA will become the 42nd Public Housing Authority in Minnesota to implement a smoke-free policy for their buildings.
King Manor, Grandview Manor and Midtowne Manor I and II will implement the no smoking policy on May 1, 2010, while Ramsey Manor and Tri Towers will implement one year later on May 1, 2011.
This is a growing trend among Public Housing Authorities and with Market Rate Property Owners/Managers state and nationwide, to both protect the health and safety of their tenants as well as the bottom line on their (or the publics) investment.
A memo was released last July from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (or HUD) strongly encouraging all public housing authorities to consider adopting no-smoking policies in their buildings.
Duluth adopted their smoke-free policy in December, following Cloquet, Carlton, Ely and Two Harbors HRAs.
However Duluth HRA will be the largest housing authority, with 750 units, in the state to go smoke-free thus far.
joins Yolo County smoke-free apartments trend
Sacramento Bee - Bill Lindelof - April 28, 2010
Winters recently became the second city in Yolo County to back smoke-free apartments.
The town passed a resolution on April 20 encouraging apartment complexes in Winters to designate at least half of their property as smoke-free. The action follows a similar resolution in April 2008 passed by Woodland.
At least 16 Yolo County housing complexes restrict smoking in at least half of the units, according to the Smoke-Free Apartments Project of the Yolo County Health Department.
The effort is aimed at cutting down on exposure to secondhand smoke, which can drift between apartments, according to the Health Department. ...
to help CHA tenants kick habit
Chicago Sun-Times - Monifa Thomas - April 23, 2010
The Chicago Housing Authority's Roosevelt Square development will gradually go smoke-free as part of a federally funded pilot program announced Thursday.
Under the proposed plan, new tenants in the West Side development would have the option of choosing a smoke-free residence. And smokers already living in Roosevelt Square who want to quit would be paired with CHA residents trained as smoking-cessation counselors. ...
Sault Tribe Housing Authority
adopts smoke-free policy; Fifth tribal housing authority in nation to do so
SFELP, 4/22: We are delighted to report that the Sault Tribe Housing Authority in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on April 19th adopted a smoke-free policy for some of their Tribal Housing homes. The policy states that "The Housing Authority Board of Commission has declared that certain Tribal Housing homes, located in the Seven-County service area of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, shall be designated as smoke-free. Smoking is not permitted in any inside area of the designated homes." The Housing Authority Board of Commission will, at the May meeting and at subsequent meetings as needed, approve a resolution for each individual property that will be designated as smoke-free. We expect that initially a number of duplexes will be designated as smoke-free, as well as some triplexes that will be constructed in 2011 for elderly housing. This is a great achievement by the Sault Tribe Housing Authority and is something that has been worked on for well over a year. Our congratulations to their Board, their Executive Director Joni Talentino and her staff, including Mariea Mongene, who worked tirelessly on this. Congratulations also to Donna Norkoli of the Sault Tribe Health Center, as well as Lauren Eveleigh of the Health Center, and Julie Trotter of the Chippewa County Health Department and to all the other folks who contributed so much to this effort. It has been our pleasure at the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project to be a part of this endeavor. The Sault Tribe Housing Authority is the first tribal housing authority in Michigan to adopt a smoke-free policy and, as far as we know, only the fifth in the nation. There are three tribal housing authorities in Alaska and one in Maine that also have adopted smoke-free policies. The Sault Tribe Housing Authority has about 500 units of housing in the 7-county area. To access the Sault Tribe web site, click above.
voters could decide smoking ban expansion
Santa Monica (CA) Daily Press, 2010-04-14
Having failed, so far, to convince the City Council to enact a ban on smoking inside apartment units, Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet is planning to take his pitch for stricter smoking laws directly to the voters.
Kronovet on Tuesday filed papers with the City Clerk's Office declaring his intention to begin gathering signatures needed to place a multi-unit residential smoking ban on the November ballot.
The proposed ballot measure, which he's calling the "Safe Air for Everyone Initiative," would ban smoking in virtually all multi-unit residences in Santa Monica and on private patios and balconies in apartment and condo buildings. ...
Finding a place to light up a cigarette in Pleasant Hill just got tougher, under new rules the City Council adopted this week.
The biggest changes apply to housing with four or more units. Smoking in indoor and outdoor common areas, except those designated for smoking, is now banned. Smoking on private decks, balconies and patios located within 20 feet of a nonsmoking unit, and smoking within 20 feet of a door, operable window or ventilation system, are also prohibited.
The new rules also require landlords to designate 50 percent of existing apartment units as permanently nonsmoking by 2016 ...
man to challenge public housing smoking ban
WCAX - April 7, 2010
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man says he's going to challenge a plan to ban smoking inside the public housing building where he lives.
Chris Hersey says he's willing to go to court himself to challenge the no-smoking rule by the Burlington Housing Authority, scheduled to he implemented Nov. 1.
The Burlington Free Press says the rule would affect almost 300 apartment in three city-owned buildings. ...
more smoking in Tioga Co. public housing
Williamsport Sun-Gazette - Bryan G. Robinson - March 30, 2010
WELLSBORO - The Tioga County Housing Authority Board approved its annual public housing agency plan and five-year-plan as required by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at its monthly meeting Monday afternoon.
The five-year plan includes a rough estimate of $4.23 million in upgrades to 11 facilities in Tioga County, of which the estimated cost of 2010 upgrades at most of those facilities is about $630,000 to be completed through a capital grant program.
Goals included in the 2010 plan were flat rent increases and a smoke-free policy for all Tioga Housing Authority-owned and -leased buildings, including apartments, effective on July 1 this year. The board also approved those changes on Monday. ...
Everett Housing Authority adopts
smoke-free policy for all its buildings, effective June 30, 2011; Becomes 8th
Washington state housing authority with smoke-free policy
3/24: The Board of Commissioners of the Everett Housing Authority (EHA) in Everett, Washington, adopted a policy for their Five Year and Annual Plan to read: "EHA will implement a no-smoking policy for all of its public housing properties to be effective no later than June 30, 2011." The Board unanimously passed the proposed change and then passed the Five Year Plan. Everett becomes the 8th public housing authority in Washington state to adopt a smoke-free policy for some or all its buildings. This brings the total nationally to at least 153 housing authorities. To access a list of all 153, click here . To go to the Everett Housing Authority site, click above.
On March 16th, the Milford Redevelopment and Housing Partnership adopted a smoke-free facility policy covering all 465 units of public housing. The policy went into effect on March 17th for all new residents and all guests and staff; the policy is effective November 1, 2010 for all current residents. It covers all 465 units of Milfords housing for families and the elderly and disabled. We at SFELP are pleased to have been able to assist them and pleased that they were able to use our model policy for their own. This is the first public housing authority in Connecticut to adopt a smoke-free policy for some or all their buildings. To access the Milford Redevelopment and Housing Partnership web site, click above.
housing for the elderly in Bradford County to become smoke-free
Towanda Daily Review - James Loewenstein - March 11, 2010
SAYRE - In a controversial move, the Bradford County Housing Authority plans to make its apartment buildings for the elderly and disabled in Bradford County smoke-free, effective July 1, 2010.
The new policy, which would affect the occupants of 400 apartments in those buildings, was discussed at a public hearing Wednesday on new policies and capital improvement projects that are planned at the housing authority during the coming year.
James McRath, executive director of the Bradford County Housing Authority, told the 24 people who attended the hearing that the new policy is needed because second-hand smoke is a carcinogen and because people smoking in their apartments is a safety problem.
Last month, a fire broke out at one of the housing authority's buildings, McCallum Manor in Canton, when a tenant fell asleep in a recliner chair with a lit cigarette, McRath said. "I was horrified by the damage" that the fire caused, McRath said. ...
toward smoke-free living
Hudson (NY) Register Star, 2010-03-06
An initiative to create more apartments where smoking is prohibited in Columbia and Greene counties is quietly but concertedly growing in the area and officials say landlords and tenants are becoming increasingly receptive to the idea.
A partner of the Healthcare Consortium, and funded by the New York state Tobacco Control program, the Rip Van Winkle Tobacco-Free Action of Columbia and Greene Counties has been trying to reduce the influence of tobacco in the region since 2001.
Program Director Karen dePeyster and Communications Coordinator Lisa Heintz say their initiative is not out to change laws but to make other choices available to non smokers and those who want to live in second-hand smoke-free environments.
The program's most visible accomplishment was getting the management of the Crosswinds workforce housing complex on Harry Howard Avenue to designate six of its nine buildings smoke free. ...
loses second-hand smoke case
Said real estate broker misled her about neighbor
Boston (MA) Globe, 2010-02-17
Jonathan Saltzman Globe Staff
A Suffolk County jury yesterday rejected a Boston woman's suit contending that her real estate broker misled her by concealing that a downstairs neighbor smoked cigarettes, in one of the first such lawsuits to go to trial in Massachusetts.
After deliberating less than an hour, the 14-member jury sided with the broker from Gibson Sotheby's International Realty over Alyssa Burrage, who said that tobacco fumes from the condominium below the one she bought for $405,000 aggravated her asthma, according to Jay S. Gregory, the Boston lawyer for the broker and real estate firm.
During the weeklong trial, Burrage, a 32-year-old advertising company employee, and her parents testified that they noticed the smell of smoke when they repeatedly visited the condo in Boston's South End in 2006. The broker, Joseph DeAngelo, told them that the seller must be a smoker and the stench would disappear, said Burrage. ...
Michigan becomes 33rd housing commission in state to adopt a smoke-free policy
for some of its buildings
2/17: Michigan leads the nation in having 33 local public housing commissions that have adopted smoke-free policies for some or all their buildings. The most recent was the Manistee Housing Commission which adopted its policy in December, 2009. The policy applies to two duplexes and to all future units which have substantial repairs or renovating. The commission is also considering making certain other of its buildings smoke-free. Nationwide, there are now at least 143 local housing authorities with smoke-free policies. To access a list of these housing authorities in PDF format, click above.
group says no smoking
The Keene Sentinel - Anika Clark - Feb 11, 2010
The Keene Housing Authority is snuffing out smoking this spring in all of its Monadnock Region properties.
This is going to be best for the vast majority of the people we serve, said P. Curtis Hiebert, Keene Housing Authoritys CEO. Hiebert estimated about 20 percent of the housing authoritys adult tenants smoke.
The agency owns or manages 465 residential units in Keene, Swanzey and Winchester for people of low to moderate income.
The indoor smoking ban will go into effect at all of the housing authoritys residential units on April 1, although Hiebert said current tenants who are smokers will have six months before they must stop lighting up inside.
Hiebert described the impetus for the ban which was approved unanimously by the housing authoritys board of commissioners in January as three-fold.
In addition to health concerns, smoking inside also sparks safety risks because of the potential for cigarettes to be improperly disposed. And the cost of readying a smokers apartment for a new, nonsmoking tenant is just phenomenal, Hiebert said.
housing faces smoking ban
Fitchburg (MA) Sentinel & Enterprise, 2010-02-11
Jack Minch, jminch
But Eugene Capoccia, executive director for the Leominster and Lunenburg housing
authorities, wants to eliminate smoking in public housing starting with the
Pearl Brook apartments.
He hopes to implement the policy in Lunenburg in the next few months.
Once the policy is worked out for Lunenburg, Capoccia said he would like to implement one in Leominster's public housing units as well.
"I've been pushing for it for quite some time because almost two years ago we had a fire in Lunenburg (in) which ... eight units were destroyed, there were a number of people displaced permanently, and one man lost his life," Capoccia said. "We feel pretty strongly about ending smoking in our senior housing."
The state Department of Housing and Community Development sent Capoccia an e-mail recently giving him permission to submit a proposal outlining details of the no-smoking proposal and how it would be enforced, he said. ...
Health campaign promotes smoke-free rental properties
EMC Frontenac - February 11, 2010
EMC Lifestyle - Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health is encouraging property managers, landlords and social housing providers to clear the air at their properties.
BreathFresh, a first-time education campaign, promotes the development and maintenance of smoke-free rental properties.
Dave McWilliam, manager of the tobacco control program at KFL&A Public Health, said this is an initiative that has been gaining ground across the country. He noted that in Canada, British Columbia is leading the way on this issue, but there has been activity closer to home.
"The Region of Waterloo has just announced it will be taking all of its social housing in the realm of the municipality smoke-free," he said.
McWilliam said the initiative is not intended signal out and reprimand those who choose to smoke, but it's about providing those who don't smoke the choice to live in a smoke-free home.
"We know that ballpark 75 per cent of the population in Kingston does not smoke and a reasonable percentage of those live in rental properties," McWilliam said. He noted that these individuals don't have much choice but to live in properties where they are affected by second-hand smoke.
McWilliam said living free of second-hand smoke should not be a luxury available
only to homeowners. ...
need not apply for new units at Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor
The Jersey Journal - NJ.com - Charles Hack - February 3, 2010
Good credit and stellar references won't help smokers qualify to rent one of the 220 new units on the market at the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor in April.
The second phase of the Alexan CityView development on Constitution Way near Route 440 will be entirely smoke-free, the developer has announced.
"We believe the decision to introduce this new building -- which will be the only 100 percent smoke free rental offering in the state -- will be embraced by a growing segment of the public that seeks a healthier lifestyle at home," said Richard Murphy, managing director of the developers, Trammell Crow Residential. ...
renters want Santa Monica to further restrict smoking
Los Angeles Times - Martha Groves - February 3, 2010
For years, Mike Horelick and Nicolina Karlsson endured the cigarette smoke wafting into their tiny Santa Monica courtyard apartment from a neighbor's patio, even though it aggravated Karlsson's asthma.
But after the couple made several $100 trips to the emergency room because their infant daughter was gasping for air, they pleaded with the neighbor to stop smoking outdoors, to no avail. Now, contending that secondhand smoke poses a health hazard, they have joined other activists who are pushing the city to snuff out smoking on private balconies and patios in multifamily dwellings.
It's an effort that puts Santa Monica in sync with a growing number of other California cities and counties that have hit smokers where they live. Yet, in the liberal-leaning beach community, the debate takes on added freight because of the political clout of Santa Monica's tenants rights advocates, who contend that landlords would welcome an excuse to evict longtime tenants in rent-controlled units. ...
of draft Menlo Park smoking ordinance released
San Jose Mercury News - Jessica Bernstein-Wax - February 3, 2010
A draft smoking ordinance under consideration in Menlo Park would ban smoking in common areas of apartment and condominium complexes and deem secondhand smoke a public nuisance, according to a brief outline of the document released Tuesday.
City Attorney Bill McClure gave council members at Tuesday night's council meeting an oral description of the ordinance he is still crafting to aid discussion on public outreach for proposed revisions to Menlo Park's current law, last updated in 1993.
In addition to the apartment and condominium restrictions, the draft ordinance would also prohibit smokers from lighting up in public service areas, such as ATM lines, McClure said. ...
Thomas Menino lights up battle of the butt
Launches crusade to ban smoking in public housing
By Jessica Fargen
Boston Herald, January 31, 2010
Mayor Thomas M. Menino is opening a new front in his war against tobacco: the citys cigarette-riden housing projects, which he vows to make smoke-free in the next four years.
Clara County wants to ban smoking in apartment buildings
San Jose Mercury News - Tracy Seipel - January 26, 2010
Santa Clara County took aim Tuesday at smokers and drinkers, with proposals to ban smoking in apartment buildings and toughen penalties for those who provide alcohol to minors.
The smoking proposal was unveiled by Supervisor Ken Yeager, who was sworn in as the board's new president. It echoes a controversial law passed last year by Belmont, which garnered national headlines.
Earlier Tuesday, the board of supervisors unanimously approved changes to a county ordinance that punishes anyone who gives alcohol to underage drinkers or even unwittingly hosts drunken teen bashes with harsher penalties, including a fine for the first offense.
But to the great relief of Stanford University officials, the ordinance will not hold the school responsible for students who drink on campus, subject to an annual review by the county. ...
Clubhouse is North Carolina's First LEED-Certified Multifamily Garden ...
PR Newswire (press release) - January 27, 2010
CONCORD, N.C., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Crescent Resources Multifamily Development Group earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the Circle at Concord Mills clubhouse. The building is the first multifamily garden community facility in North Carolina to earn LEED certification.
The apartment community's clubhouse features low-energy doors and windows, low-emissions carpet and paint, native landscaping, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, energy efficient mechanical systems, ENERGY STAR kitchen appliances and recycled building materials. The building, which is the first LEED-certified structure in Cabarrus County, N.C., also offers preferred parking for hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles.
"We're thrilled this project earned LEED certification," said Todd Farrell, president of Crescent Resources Multifamily Development Group. "We consider green features an amenity that our residents seek out and appreciate."
Circle is Crescent's innovative approach to apartment living, giving residents the opportunity to live in an upscale, environmentally friendly community focused on enriching their social experiences. The community is surrounded by 30 acres of preserved woods and wetlands, and it recently became the first multifamily community in the country to be certified by Audubon International as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary.
The 312-unit project opened in April 2009 as the first smoke-free community
in Concord. The units are leasing beyond expectations. ...
new smoke-free housing web site
1/20: On January 19th, the American Lung Association in Vermont is launching Smokefree Housing Vermont at www.smokefreehousingvt.org The website will be the first of its kind in Vermont and will serve as a resource for the state's tenants, landlords and property managers. The site includes information on the benefits of smokefree housing for landlords, steps to implement a policy including lease language and tenant correspondence, and tips for ensuring awareness and compliance. Renters can find tips on communicating with landlords, information on tenants' rights and facts about secondhand smoke.
Embracing Smoke-Free Buildings, Survey Finds
MPBN News - January 19, 2010
The Smoke-Free Housing Coalition says 45 percent of private landlords in Maine
now offer rentals in smoke-free buildings.
More landlords in Maine are offering smoke-free buildings. That's according to the Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine, which says a series of surveys has found that 45 percent of private landlords in Maine now offer rentals in buildings where smoking is prohibited.
That's a 10 percent increase since 2008, the group says. The coalition says children exposed to second hand smoke in the home are 44 percent more likely to suffer from asthma, a disease that is more common in Maine than most states, according to federal health authorites.
The coalition says it surveyed more than 5,000 private Maine landlords on four separate occasions in a 30-month period. Among the findings: 68 percent of Maine landlords surveyed know that it is legal to have a smoke-free policy in place. The coalition says 90 percent of public housing authorities in Maine now have a smoke-free policy. ...
Comprehensive Health Education Foundation has received a grant from the Washington
State Department of Health for creation of the Washington Public Housing Tobacco
1/11: According to a January 5, 2010 press release: Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.), long known for its mission to promote health and quality of life through education, announced that it has received a grant from the Washington State Department of Health for creation of the Washington Public Housing Tobacco Prevention Network. Under terms of the agreement, C.H.E.F.'s program will be implemented over a two-year period. Awarded to C.H.E.F. in collaboration with its partners, the Association of Washington Housing Authorities (AWHA) and Pacific Northwest Regional Council of National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (PNRC-NAHRO), the work under the grant will establish a network whose goal is to develop a tobacco-free environment for public housing, promote resistance to tobacco industry marketing, identify and offer smoking cessation support and resources for public housing residents, and bring partners together to effect systems change. Since the project will assist housing authorities in their efforts to adopt and implement smoke-free policies, change norms, and assist residents with connecting to cessation services, several housing authorities throughout Washington State have been recruited to participate in the two-year pilot project. The participating housing authorities include those in Bellingham / Whatcom County, Bremerton, Vancouver, Everett, Grant County, Renton, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, and Walla Walla.
Rock Housing Authority makes Cumberland Towers smoke free
KTHV-DT CBS (Little Rock, AR), 2010-01-02
A new year usually means new resolutions for many people. And for the tenants of Little Rock's Cumberland Towers, if it includes quitting smoking, the housing authority is trying to help them. The city announced the no-smoking policy for the apartment complex on Friday.
They say the move is to promote a healthy and productive lifestyle for their tenants but the initiative is not sitting well with some of the community members. A few times since she started smoking 44 years ago, Julie McCoy has tried and tried to quit and as always she's found that it's easier said than done. But a smoking ban by her landlord wasn't exactly what she was expecting to snap her into quitting. "They could have given us a longer notice; which people could have made changes and whatever," McCoy said.
About 28 of her neighbors at Cumberland Towers are smokers. The smoke-free rule, for now, means they have to go 50ft off the property to light up or huddle under a temporary tent until a smoking gazebo is built in three months. ...
and predictors of smoke-free policy implementation and support among owners
and managers of multiunit housing
King BA, Travers MJ, Cummings KM, Mahoney MC, Hyland AJ.
Nicotine and Tobacco Research, [Epub ahead of print.], December 3, 2009
INTRODUCTION: Exposure to secondhand smoke causes disease and premature death. Although many municipalities have instituted policies prohibiting smoking in public areas, personal living areas remain largely unregulated. Individuals who reside in multiunit housing (MUH) facilities where smoking is permitted are particularly susceptible to involuntary exposure. This study assessed the prevalence and predictors of smoke-free policy implementation and support among owners and managers of MUH throughout Western New York State. METHODS: A telephone survey was administered to a sample of owners and managers of MUH buildings in the Erie and Niagara counties, New York. A total of 127 respondents completed the survey between March and July 2008 (62% response rate). Logistic regression was used to assess predictors of policy implementation and support, while adjusting for participant smoking status, quantity of units owned/managed, government subsidy status, as well as building age, construction type, and size. RESULTS: Only 13% of participants reported smoking restrictions within any of their buildings. Among those without a smoke-free policy, 75% would be interested in restricting smoking in at least one of their units, with interest being significantly higher among participants with government-subsidized units (odds ratio = 3.12, 95% CI = 1.14-8.52). Primary barriers to policy implementation included concern over increased vacancy (27%) and a decreased market base (21%). DISCUSSION: Few Western New York MUH owners and managers have implemented smoke-free policies in their buildings, but most are receptive to doing so. Therefore, opportunities exist for interventions to enhance policy acceptance, implementation, and enforcement among these individuals.
TRIBECA In a landmark lawsuit, a TriBeCa family is suing a neighbor over his secondhand cigarette smoke they say is wafting into their $2.1 million luxury condo and causing them various health problems.
Christian and Britt Ewen filed suit against Federico Maccherone, their neighbor at 200 Chambers St., for negligence, saying his smoking has caused them headaches, loss of sleep and chest pain, and caused their 4-year-old daughter nosebleeds.
It was like fumes and exhaust invading their home, said Victoria Kennedy, who is the lawyer representing the Ewens. They couldnt breathe. Theyd huddle together in one room and wait for the smoking to subside. ...
rentals in Boulder may become smoke-free
Boulder Housing Partners follows county's lead
Colorado Daily, 2009-12-05
Laura Snider Camera Staff Writer
Just a few months after Boulder County instituted a smoking ban at its low-income
rental properties, the city's housing authority is talking about following suit.
Staffers at Boulder Housing Partners are now developing a plan for how they might transition the 1,000 rental units they own and operate to no-smoking accommodations. They plan to take the proposal to the nonprofit's board for feedback in February or March.
"We're trying to be super sensitive to our residents and how this might
impact people," said Tim Beal, director of housing services for Boulder
Housing Partners. "We deal with folks who have sensitivities on both sides
of the issue."
At the urging of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing authorities across the country are beginning to go smoke-free, Beal said. . . .
Local activist Seth Brigham, who used to live in rental housing owned by Boulder Housing Partners, said the city's plan to follow the county's no-smoking lead concerns him. The policy could discriminate against those with mental illnesses, he said, since it's more difficult for them to overcome addictions. ...
apartment building to be smoke-free
Will replace building destroyed by pre-Christmas fire
Thisweek Newspapers, 2009-11-25
John Gessner Thisweek Newspapers
A nonsmoking building will open this spring on the site of a Burnsville apartment building destroyed by a pre-Christmas fire last year.
The 56-unit Parkwood Pointe building on Parkwood Drive south of Highway 13 will become one of more than 350 smoke-free apartment buildings in Minnesota.
The fire last Dec. 22 was caused by an electrical short, not a smoldering cigarette. But going smoke-free will reduce fire hazards in the new building, eliminate secondhand smoke and cut down on extra cleanup and replacement costs often incurred when a smoker vacates an apartment, said Christine Cobb, regional marketing director for building owner the Goodman Group.
We just want to be able to provide a healthy living style and a choice for people, ...
no smoking in public housing?
North Platte Telegraph - Mark Young - November 19, 2009
Property owners can be subject to legal action from tenants who are not being protected from secondhand smoke, according to a local group. The Lincoln County Tobacco Free Coalition has announced its focus on the issue at McKinley Education Center on Thursday.
For many years, tobacco-free organizations worked hard in Nebraska. That hard work eventually culminated in the passage of the Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act, which took effect in June.
Tobacco Free Lincoln County Coordinator Bonnie Thompson said there is a big difference between the Clean Indoor Air campaign and their new focus on smoking in public housing.
"Our focus is not political and we are not seeking legislative action," said Thompson. "This is simply an educational process for property owners to let them know that they have a legal right to enact no-smoking policies within their housing complexes."
"It's the biggest question we get from landlords and apartment building
owners," she said. "Am I discriminating against a smoker if I go smoke
free? The answer is no. There is no Constitutional right to smoke in Nebraska
and tenants have legal rights in being protected from secondhand smoke."
Thompson said that is not the intention of the coalition to infringe on the
personal rights of smokers, going as far as to say that "people know cigarettes
are bad for them, but it is a personal choice and we are not demanding that
people quit smoking."
may make public housing a smoke-free zone
You cant smoke anywhere, now you cant smoke at home?
Columbia Daily Spectator (Columbia U.), 2009-11-19
Finding a place to light up a cigarette can be difficult these days, but for public housing residents, smoking may soon be close to impossible.
Following the wave of recent anti-smoking laws, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently sent a memo strongly encouraging public housing authorities nationwide to implement non-smoking policies in some or all of their public housing units. Although the New York City Housing Authority has yet to institute any laws locally, the memo has sparked a heated debate about the merits of such policies.
For some, this legislation is a direct infringement on privacy and other basic freedoms. But others see this as an opportunity to encourage healthy environments and mitigate persistent problems of asthma.
You cant smoke anywhere, now you cant smoke at home? said Audrey Silk, founder of the smokers rights group New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment. . . .
Your home should be your castle, no matter whether you own it or not, she said. The city here is creating a divide in classes. People in housing are there because they cant afford anything else. Now these people would be punished for their personal situation by having their right to smoke taken away. This is an intolerance campaign.
Joanne Koldare, director of the New York City Coalition for a Smoke Free City, also said she sees smoking in public housing projects as an issue of individual rights. But for her, this is the right to be free from the harms of secondhand smoke.
Those people living in low income housing should be able to live in a complex that doesnt have smoking, ...
Residential: Pioneering Smoke-Free Apartment Living on the East Coast
FOXBusiness - November 17, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Nov 17, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ ----Korman Residential is at the forefront of smoke-free apartment living on the East Coast. Korman is paving the way to a safer and healthier lifestyle for residents. Korman Residential proudly offers smoke-free living at eleven of its communities throughout the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan Area and Florida.
Korman Residential introduced its first smoke-free apartments in March 2008, at Village Square in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Since then, Korman Residential has continued to meet the increasing demand for smoke-free apartments. "The residents have spoken. Many have requested smoke-free apartments and we've responded," says James Korman, President of Korman Residential Properties.
Residents living in Korman's smoke-free buildings have agreed to honor the non-smoking policy in and around their apartments. "Our smoke-free initiative offers our residents an opportunity for healthier living and an improved quality of life. That's been a touchstone at Korman for over 90 years, and we're proud to carry on that tradition," says John Korman, CEO of Korman Residential Properties.
First Non-Smoking Apt Building Set To Open
Residents At 1510 Lexington Avenue Will Be Unable To Smoke Inside -- Or Even Directly Outside -- New Development
WCBS-TV New York - Don Dahler - November 17, 2009
Smoking has been banned in restaurants, bars, taxis, office buildings, but what if you were told you couldn't even smoke your own home? That's just the case in Manhattan where "No Smoking" signs are going up in numerous apartment buildings.
For the 1 million New York City residents who smoke, doing so in their own home has been an unwritten privilege. The problem with smoking in an apartment, however, is you can't keep that smoke from going into other parts of the building. In fact, a recent study by the New York City Department of Health says 57 percent of non-smokers have had substantial exposure to cigarette smoke.
So some apartment buildings are now banning smoking for new tenants. Existing tenants who smoke will be allowed to continue to puff away.
That's not the case with the new East Harlem building at 1510 Lexington Avenue, which will be the city's first completely non-smoking residence, where tenants won't even be allowed to walk outside and light up in the immediate perimeter of the building. Even the construction workers can't light up. ...
Some Smokers, Homes Off Limits
New York Times, 2009-11-16
C. J. HUGHES
More landlords are moving to prohibit smoking in their apartment buildings, telling prospective tenants they can be evicted if they light up in them.
This month, the Related Companies will ban smoking at some of its downtown apartment buildings because of health concerns about secondhand smoke, according to company officials.
Smokers who already live in any of these buildings will not be affected, according to Jeff Brodsky, a president of Related, which is a national developer with 17 buildings in Manhattan.
But any new renters must promise not to smoke at home, even if they continue to elsewhere.
Kenbar Management, a local developer, is going a step further. When its new
project, 1510 Lexington Avenue, opens in December, smoking will be banned in
all 298 units, in addition to private and shared terraces.
And the typical smokers refuge directly outside the building is also off limits; tenants must agree not to smoke on any of the sidewalks that wrap around the building, which takes up most of a block in East Harlem, according to Kinne Yon, a Kenbar principal.
The trend has predictably divided smokers and nonsmokers in New York. . . .
So far, about 50 public housing agencies have now forbidden smoking, according
to Betsy Feigin Befus, a lawyer with the National Multi Housing Council, a landlord
trade group that has tracked the efforts.
Other cities, through legislation or by initiatives of developers, have taken similar steps. ...
counties work to get smoke-free apartments
Half of metro area renters would consider moving to a nonsmoking apartment, according to a new survey.
Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune, 2009-11-15
WARREN WOLFE, Star Tribune
Three metro counties will spend about $204,000 from state health-improvement grants over the next two years to help apartment landlords and renters make their buildings smoke-free.
They start the effort with a survey showing that half of local renters would consider moving to a smoke-free building, including 16 percent of smokers.
"We know that many people want to live in smoke-free environments, and we know that can improve public health," said Lisa Mueller, who administers the state grants for Hennepin County.
Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota counties, as well as Minneapolis, are pooling part
of their state grants to hire the nonprofit Association for Nonsmokers Minnesota
to advise them on voluntary non-smoking efforts in multi-unit housing.
The association used part of that grant money to conduct the renters survey. It was conducted by Wilder Research and released to coincide with the annual Great American Smokeout, a stop-smoking effort started in 1974 in Minnesota. ...
demand tougher anti-smoking laws
Santa Monica (CA) Daily Press, 2009-11-11
"We shut the doors, we shut the windows, which is pretty inconvenient
and not guaranteed to stop all the smoke anyway," he said.
Horelick is part of a group of residents who are calling on the City Council to expand an ordinance that bans smoking in all common areas of apartments and condominiums to also apply to balconies and patios, arguing the current regulations, while a step in the right direction, don't go far enough. ...
The World (Coos Bay, OR), 2009-10-30
The North Bend City and Coos-Curry Housing Authorities have adopted a no-smoking policy for the apartments and buildings they own.
Also, the Woodland Apartments Preservation and Powers Housing Development adopted a no-smoking policy earlier this month.
The no-smoking policy will go into effect March 1.
Residents will be allowed to smoke outside their units 10 feet from their neighbors' doors. They will not be allowed to smoke inside the units or other buildings owned by the agencies. ...
Park to consider strengthening smoking ordinance
San Mateo County Times - October 26, 2009
MENLO PARK The City Council is considering changes to its 16-year-old smoking ordinance that would make lighting up more difficult for residents.
The council is expected to discuss restrictions on smoking in apartments and condominiums as well as tougher punishments for those who sell cigarettes to children at a study session tonight.
"The question is really do we want to modify our ordinance to include greater restrictions than are provided by state law?" City Attorney William McClure said. "It could go the whole gamut."
Menlo Park's current law, last updated in 1993, bars smoking in most enclosed public spaces, child care centers, unenclosed eating areas and offices.
State law goes further, however, prohibiting smoking in restaurants and bars. A Belmont law that bans smoking in multilevel residential buildings went into effect at the beginning of the year.
Menlo Park resident Barbara Franklin is pushing for similar legislation in her city and said she has attended 14 council meetings since December to speak publicly about the issue.
"My preference would be to ban it throughout the multiunit apartments and condos but certainly at least to ban it outside on the patios and back balconies," said Franklin, a Sand Hill Circle condominium resident. ...
Housing Commission becomes 32nd in Michigan to adopt smoke-free policy and 129th
in the nation
SFELP, 10/23: On October 20th, the Charlevoix Housing Commission adopted a smoke-free policy for its 62-unit Pine River Place apartments for the elderly and disabled. The policy went into effect immediately for all new residents and current residents who are not smokers, as well as guests and staff. Current residents who are smokers are exempted from the policy for as long as they live in their current unit. Under this new policy, secondhand smoke and other damage caused by smoking or tobacco products will not be considered ordinary wear and tear, and some or all of the resident's security deposit may be retained by the housing commission to cover costs of damage caused by smoking or tobacco products; damage above and beyond the amount of the security deposit may be billed to the resident. Further, it is the resident's responsibility to take steps to keep smoking residue from building up in units, including more frequent cleaning and wall washing, etc. Annual inspections of units will be utilized to ensure that apartment residents are following this part of the policy. Charlevoix becomes the 32nd public housing commission in Michigan to adopt a smoke-free policy. It has been our pleasure working with Rob Harrison, the Executive Director of the Charlevoix Housing Commission on this policy. Charlevoix is a located in northern Michigan on Lake Michigan, and is known as "Charlevoix the beautiful". The 32 Michigan housing commissions with smoke-free policies have about 56 apartment buildings/developments and over 60 townhouses/scattered site units. A total of at least 4,158 apartment units are covered by the local Michigan housing authority smoke-free policies. More are in the pipeline. There are now at least 129 housing authorities in the U.S. with smoke-free policies for some or all their buildings. To access a copy of the list of 129 housing authorities in the U.S. that have adopted smoke-free policies for some or all their buildings, click above.
rejects proposal to ban smoking in tenants' homes
Toronto (Ont) Star (ca), 2009-10-23
Mike Funston urban affairs reporter
Thursday, Peel Region's general committee rejected the idea of passing a bylaw banning smoking in such buildings because officials said restricting tenants' rights to do what they wish in their own homes wouldn't stand up in court. But the committee will ask the province for legislation that would protect residents of multi-unit buildings from second-hand smoke through various measures such as changes to the Ontario Building Code.
A decision by Waterloo to phase out smoking in social housing by requiring
tenants after April 1 to sign leases with no-smoking provisions, and a similar
proposal being considered in Hamilton, will have a "domino effect,"
predicts Pippa Beck, policy analyst for the non-smokers' group.
"Every day we're getting calls from tenants and condo owners who are desperate to escape the smoke," she said.
Building code changes that would require retrofitting ventilation systems in old buildings and ensure that new ones are capable of filtering out second-hand smoke are among the measures that could be taken, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion said.
smoke-free housing proposed
Sarnia Observer - Paul Morden - October 22, 2009
An affordable housing project planned for the old Marshall Gowland Manor site could be a smoke-free building. It would be the first public housing building to be smoke-free in Lambton if county council approves the move. A standing committee is backing the recommendation by Lambton's housing services department. It goes to council on Nov. 4. That's the same day county councillors are scheduled to be hear details about the design of the $10-million plus housing project at 1000 London Rd. in Sarnia. It's 57 units will be for seniors and the disabled. ...
Calls For Tobacco-Free Environments For All Children
Medical News Today (press release) - October 20, 2009
A life free of tobacco means smoke-free homes and apartment buildings, cars, schools, restaurants, parks, beaches, sidewalks and sporting events ...
Housing Commission becomes 31st in Michigan to adopt smoke-free policy and 125th
in the nation
SFELP, October 19, 2009
10/19: On October 13th, the Monroe Housing Commission voted unanimously (5 to 0) to formally adopt a smoke-free policy for all their buildings; earlier, on September 8th, the board had voted to go smoke-free, but did not have the formal language of the policy before them. The policy is to go into effect November 1, 2009 for all residents, including current residents who are smokers. The housing commission has a 7-story, 148 unit, high-rise for elderly and disabled (River Park Plaza), and a 115-unit family housing building (Greenwood), plus 30 single family houses; a total of 293 units. The policy will allow smoking outdoors, but only in designated areas, if any. It was a great pleasure working with Nancy Wain, the Executive Director of the Monroe Housing Authority on this. Adoption of this policy makes Monroe the 31st housing commission in Michigan to adopt a smoke-free policy and the 125th in the nation. To access a copy of the list of 125 housing authorities in the U.S. that have adopted smoke-free policies for some or all their buildings, click above.
Public Health wants condos, apartments smoke-free
680 News - Oct 18, 2009
It may soon be against the law for Ontarians to smoke in their own home.
Peel Public Health wants Queen's Park to add more restrictions to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to protect residents in multi-unit dwellings from exposure to second-hand smoke.
For that to happen, municipal authorities would have to redefine the term "public place" to include private, multi-unit apartments.
Tenants have complained about smoke seeping into their homes through electrical outlets, ductwork and light fixtures.
The Act already prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and workplaces. ...
banned for new tenants in public housing
Waterloo Record - October 14, 2009
WATERLOO REGION Regional council voted 12-3 Wednesday to confirm a ban on smoking in about 2,700 public housing units owned by Waterloo regional government.
The ban takes effect April 1, 2010 but does not apply to current tenants, unless they move to a new unit.
Tenant Georgeann Moniz appeared before council to applaud the ban, saying she gets a bad cough when second-hand smoke seeps in through her door or from a neighbouring patio. Under the new rules, outdoor smoking must be at least five metres from a building. ...
ECO-WISE, September, 2009 newsletter focuses on smoke-free housing
SFELP, October 9, 2009
The HUD Eco-Wise newsletter for September has its lead story "HUD Encourages PHAs to Become Smoke-Free". The article describes the HUD Notice issued on July 17th which strongly encourages public housing authorities (PHAs) to adopt smoke-free policies for their buildings. This very important Notice was a very strong statement from HUD to PHAs that HUD affirms that such smoke-free policies are legal and that it make great sense from a health perspective and as a way of reducing maintenance costs to PHAs.
housing smoking ban considered
Stillwater NewsPress, October 9, 2009
A new law could mean the end of smoking within public housing in Stillwater.
Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act earlier this year, and President Barack Obama signed the bill this summer.
Stillwater Public Housing Authority Executive Director L. Glen Redding said he will draft a revised policy for review and vote by the authority no later than February. The updated policy could go into affect as early as March, he said.
The authority has banned smoking in public housing common areas since 1985, he said, and this proposal would extend the ban to individual homes. ...
strategy: Apartment buildings start bans to draw new renters, keep peace among
Landlords go for LEED credentials
Chicago Tribune, 2009-10-04
Sharon Stangenes Special to the Tribune
Warren Nisley liked the "green" features of the new Morgan at Loyola Station in Rogers Park when he was apartment hunting.
The mixed-use building near Loyola University Chicago has 152 apartments, is near public transportation and boasts eco-friendly features such as water-saving fixtures and efforts to improve internal air quality with low-gas-emitting paints and a no-smoking policy for all residents and guests.
The smoke-free environment wasn't the only criterion for deciding to live in the building, but it was part of a package that Nisley, 52, found appealing. . . .
The first no-smoking sections in restaurants appeared 30 years ago. Since then, smoking increasingly has been banned in commercial and public buildings because of concerns about second-hand smoke and a growing consumer demand for better quality air. But in Chicago, smoke-free apartments have been concentrated in smaller, privately owned buildings or privately owned units.
Jennifer Wolf, AMLI Residential's senior vice president for development, said the company chose to prohibit smoking in AMLI 900 to meet requirements to improve internal air quality, among other things, for LEED certification.
Wolf said the project, which opened in November, is on track to be the first new-construction high-rise apartment in Chicago to be LEED-certified, a measure of environmental sensitivity and sustainability. ...
SALETAN: Condo Leakage
No smoking in your own apartment
Two years ago, Belmont, Calif., outlawed smoking in apartments and condos with shared floors or ceilings. Then last year, two New York condo owners sued their neighbor for lighting up in her apartment and "causing smoke to enter into the common hallway." Now comes another court fight: According to the Dallas Morning News, a local woman is suing her ex-neighbor and her ex-landlord "for damage she says was caused by cigarette smoke wafting through adjoining walls of her high-end townhome." . . . look how it's pushing the envelope of indoor smoking restrictions. . . . If this claim succeeds, the ADA may become a weapon in future indoor smoking suits. Then there's the lease. "This lease says I have a right to a habitable place, this lease says I have a right to quiet enjoyment, this lease says I have a right to safe living," says the plaintiff. So even if health effects can't be proved, lease clauses implying peace or habitability can be invoked. . . . Find out whether your incoming tenants or condo buyers smoke, and check with the neighbors who await them. If you don't, you may end up with a mess on your hands.
If landlords, property managers, smokers, and nonsmokers don't take such precautions, some courts and legislators are clearly willing to step in. In the Dallas case, the Morning News reports that "a judge issued a temporary restraining order forbidding [the smoker] from lighting up in her home." That's right: a court order not to smoke in your bathroom. Pretty outrageous, I'd say. But so is having your bathroom invaded by smoke from next door. If you don't want the government bringing its long arms and clumsy feet into such disputes, work them out beforehand. ...
Policy Notice for Public Housing Could Stamp Out Tobacco for Good
Smokefree Environments Law Project (SFELP), 9/30: The following is from a news note on the web site of the American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (AAHSA): Public and Indian housing authorities are permitted and "strongly" encouraged to implement non-smoking policies -- including smoking cessation at lease renewal -- the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced July 17, 2009, signaling that an agencywide shift toward smoke-free federally assisted housing may be in the offing. AAHSA views this as an encouraging development given that, as HUD noted, elderly populations -- which make up 15 percent of the residents living in public housing -- are especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of smoking. Even though HUD's notice only applies to public and Indian housing, it's possible that HUD's multifamily office could follow suit with similar guidance. Until that time, the PIH notice provides guidance that can be helpful for providers interested in having smoke free environments in senior housing. Environmental Tobacco Smoke, officials said, can migrate between multifamily housing units, causing respiratory illness, heart disease, cancer and other ill effects. Fire is another concern. Federal data show that in multifamily buildings, 26 percent of fire deaths in 2005 were smoking-related -- the leading cause of fire deaths. "By reducing the public health risks associated with tobacco use, this notice will enhance the effectiveness of the Department's efforts to provide increased public health protection for residents of public housing," HUD said. PHAs have wide latitude to stamp out smoking, as long as they stay within state and local laws, HUD said. More than 114 PHAs and housing commissions around the country have gone non-smoking in one or more apartment buildings so far, according to the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project at The Center for Social Gerontology, a Michigan-based organization that keeps a running tally of smoke-free policies in public housing. With this new notice, there could be a broad proliferation of non-smoking public housing policies around the country.
Finds 22 Percent of Portland Rentals Smokefree
Willamette Week - Jonathan Crowl - Sep 24, 2009
The smoke is clearing from some of the Portland areas residential rental properties. A new report commissioned by the American Lung Association in Oregon and the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area Smokefree Housing Project found that 22 percent of Portland landlords prohibit smoking inside their buildings, compared to 17 percent in 2006.
Additionally, the study found nine out of every 10 Portland renters live in units that are virtually smokefree and that half of renters say they would pay more to live in a smoke-free community. ...
owners setting smoke-free policies
Belmont Citizen-Herald - September 17, 2009
Belmont, Mass. - With demand for smoke-free housing on the rise, an increasing number of landlords, management companies and condominium associations are implementing smoke-free policies. A smoke free building is an amenity that the vast majority of residents now want. Some residents are concerned about the health effects. Others simply do not want to smell smoke drifting in from a neighboring unit.
The trend towards smoke free rules is not surprising. A 2009 marketing survey conducted in Massachusetts found that 81% of prospective residents are immediately less interested in an apartment or condominium unit, if they smell tobacco smoke. Since all workplaces in Massachusetts went smoke free in 2005, residents may be asking themselves why they should be bothered by secondhand smoke at home.
For landlords, it makes sense. They see more interest in their rental properties and reduce their maintenance costs. Repainting smoke-stained walls, patching flooring burned by cigarettes and otherwise abating the stench of stale cigarette smoke is costly. By implementing a no smoking rule, landlord save hundreds even thousands of dollars. In fact, in a recent survey of Massachusetts landlords, 99% of them who had implemented a no smoking rule said it was a good decision. Over 90% of the landlords in the survey also said the rule was self-enforcing. ...
Douglas Place goes entirely smoke free
The Wichita Eagle - Carrie Rengers - September 17, 2009
WICHITA In what could be the first nonsmoking apartment building in the city if not the state, 250 Douglas Place has gone entirely smoke free.
With the progressiveness that Ive seen in Wichita, I think that there is a market for that, says Larry Weber of Builders Inc., which owns the Garvey Center where the apartment building is.
A lot of apartments dont allow smoking in their common areas. Nor did 250 Douglas Place, but now residents wont be able to smoke in their rooms, either.
Before making the change, Weber conducted a survey of tenants in 143 apartments.
Almost half responded. Of that half, Weber says 87 percent identified themselves as nonsmokers, and 67 percent said they wanted the building to be completely smoke free. ...
Housing Commission becomes 31st in Michigan to adopt smoke-free policy and 125th
in the nation
9/11: On September 8th, the Monroe Housing Commission voted unanimously (5 to 0) to adopt a smoke-free policy for all their buildings. The policy is to go into effect November 1, 2009 for all residents, including current residents who are smokers. The housing commission has a 7-story, 148 unit, high-rise for elderly and disabled (River Park Plaza), and a 115-unit family housing building (Greenwood), plus 30 single family houses; a total of 293 units. The policy will allow smoking outdoors, but only in designated areas, if any. It was a great pleasure working with Nancy Wain, the Executive Director of the Monroe Housing Authority on this. Adoption of this policy makes Monroe the 31st housing commission in Michigan to adopt a smoke-free policy and the 125th in the nation.
smoking rule must be included in lease agreement
Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, 2009-09-05
Answer: If your written lease does not prohibit smoking and you do not refer in writing to another document, such as a written rental policy statement that prohibits smoking, you do not have legal recourse to remove your tenants from the unit.
This situation highlights the value of including all of your requirements in the written lease. It also illustrates the value of having written rental policies available to prospective tenants.
In order to enforce rental policies they must be in writing, signed by both the tenant and landlord, and be referred to in writing in the body of the lease itself as part of the contract to rent.
Why not mention to your new tenants that the upstairs tenant is bothered by smoke making its way to their living unit? While you can't prohibit smoking at this point, many smokers have no desire to make life difficult for others.
8/28: On August 26, 2009 at the Texas Housing Association Annual Conference in Fort Worth, SFELP Director Jim Bergman gave a presentation of the above title. The presentation focused on smoke-free policies in public housing, with special attention to the HUD notice issued on July 17, 2009 in which HUD strongly encouraged public housing authorities (PHAs) to adopt smoke-free policies for some or all their buildings. Included in the 56-slide PowerPoint presentation was additional information on ways in which HUD was now encouraging PHAs to adopt smoke-free policies, including in their 2009 Healthy Homes Strategic Plan and in their scoring for the award of HUD stimulus funds to PHAs. Also included in the presentation was information on the cost savings and fire prevention reasons for adopting smoke-free policies, as well as demographic and marketing reasons for doing so. Examples were provided of public housing and other affordable housing entities that have adopted smoke-free policies, as well as housing industry trends. To access the 56-slide PowerPoint presentation, click above. To access a pdf copy of the presentation, with 6-slides per page, click here. To access a copy of the HUD July 17, 2009 Notice click here.
ORLEANS -- Some people quit smoking to save money or to improve their health.
William Peloubet is trying to quit because it's now banned in the condominium complex where he lives.
"We're trying," said Peloubet, 39, who lives in his mother's condominium
on Old Colony Way with his girlfriend. "It's time to quit anyway."
Old Colony is the first Cape condominium association known to ban smoking in the private apartment-like units that people call home, real estate and condo experts said in January when the proposed ban first made the news. Owners' votes, cast last month, were counted in early August and sent out to owners last week.
The smoking ban was supported by nearly 80 percent (79.67 percent) of the condominium owners, easily more than the 75 percent majority required. ...
Concentrations of Nicotine in Low-Income, Multi-family Housing: Associations
with Smoking Behaviors and Housing Characteristics
Tobacco Control, 2009-08-13
Tiffany A. Kraev, Gary Adamkiewicz, S. Katharine Hammond and John D. Spengler
Background: This paper presents an analysis of airborne nicotine measurements collected in 49 low-income, multi-unit residences across the Greater Boston Area.
Methods: Nicotine concentrations were determined using passive monitors placed in homes over a one-week sampling period and air exchange rates (AER) were sampled using the perfluorocarbon tracer technique. Residents were surveyed through a questionnaire about smoking behaviour and a visual inspection was conducted to collect information on housing characteristics contributing to secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure. . . .
The results of this study suggest that questionnaire reports can provide a
valid estimate of residential exposure to tobacco smoke. In addition, this study
found evidence that tobacco smoke contamination in low-incomehousing developments
is not limited to homes with smokers (either residing in the home or visiting).
The frequent report of tobacco smoke odour coming from other apartments or hallways
resulted in increased levels of nicotine concentrations and SReff in nonsmoking
homes, suggestive of SHS infiltration from neighbouring units.
Conclusion: These findings have important implications for smoking regulations in multi-unit homes and highlight the need to reduce involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke among low-income housing residents. . . .
What this Paper Adds: Limited research has investigated SHS exposure in low- income, multi-unit housing; however, residents may be exposed to elevated levels of SHS due to higher smoking rates and building factors such as smaller units, poor ventilation, and infiltration between units. This study examines the relationship between indoor nicotine concentrations, air exchange rates, home volume, and sorption and re-emission of nicotine on indoor surfaces, in order to determine the prevalence of SHS exposure in low-income, multi-unit residences. The results of this analysis indicate that SHS is not limited to residences with smokers (either residing in the home or visiting). The frequent report of tobacco smoke odour coming fromother apartments or hallways resulted in increased levels of nicotine concentrations in nonsmoking homes, suggestive of SHS infiltration from neighbouring units. Thisstudy also demonstrates that effective smoking rates may be an important and valid measure that can be used to improve our understanding of the variability of nicotine concentrations in the residential environment. These findings have important implications for smoking regulations in multi-unit homes and highlight the need to reduce involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke among low-income housing residents.
Porter: Court bans secondhand smoke
Sierra Sun - Jim Porter - August 20, 2009
Every now and then a case comes along that has the potential to shake things up. Five-year old asthmatic Melinda Birke may have changed the world of smokers at least those who like to step outside and have a puff.
Melinda Birke lives with her parents in Woodland Hills, California at the Oakwood Apartments. Oakwood prohibits smoking in all indoor units and indoor common areas but allows smoking in the outdoor common areas like the swimming pool, playground, and barbeque areas. Oakwood management allows such outside smoking to attract an international clientele.
Melinda suffered from asthma, had allergic reactions as a result of the secondhand smoke, and even claimed to have had three bouts of pneumonia after being exposed to the smoke.
Her dad asked the apartment manager to cordon-off or restrict the outdoor smoking areas but the request was denied.
Melinda's parents sued on her behalf alleging a public nuisance. The trial judge threw out the case which was appealed. The Court of Appeal examined the elements of the public nuisance claim, including that Oakwood allowed, encouraged and approved a toxic, noxious, hazardous, offensive and in fact carcinogenic condition to be present in all of the outdoor common areas of the complex. ...
Authority to prohibit smoking
Murray (KY) Ledger & Times, 2009-08-04
HAWKINS TEAGUE Staff Writer
The Housing Authority of Murray recently adopted a policy that will ban residents from smoking inside their apartments.
Faye Dodd, the agency's executive director, said they had considered making the units non-smoking for a few months partly because the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development has been encouraging housing authorities to adopt non-smoking policies. She said 112 housing authorities across the country are currently smoke-free.
However, she said the issue became more urgent in May after a resident fell asleep while smoking and the apartment burned down. Dodd said the Housing Authority is still working out the details with its insurance company, but that the building will most likely have to be torn down and rebuilt. ...
1 Purpose. This notice strongly encourages Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to implement non-smoking policies in some or all of their public housing units. ...
eyes regulation of smoking in apartments
Amherst Bulletin - July 23, 2009
The Amherst Board of Health, a pioneer in banning smoking in bars in the late 1990s, now aims to be the first in New England to regulate use of tobacco inside apartments.
The initiative stops short of seeking a full ban on smoking in rental apartments, however. Landlords would be required to inform prospective tenants about the risk of second-hand smoke from units where smoking is allowed.
"It's a very edgy thing for Amherst to do," said D.J. Wilson, tobacco control director for the Massachusetts Municipal Association, who is advising the board. He said he knows of no other city or town in New England seeking to regulate smoking in apartments.
There will be a public hearing on the plan Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at a location to be announced. An initial reading of landlord sentiment indicates there may not be as much opposition as there was to the ban on smoking in bars. ...
'green' building ordinance to be tough on smokers?
Creative Loafing Atlanta - Thomas Wheatley - Jul 23, 2009
On Tuesday, July 28, an Atlanta City Council committee will discuss the long-planned sustainable building ordinance, a beast of a bill that dictates green-building standards for new construction. Supporters say it could make Atlanta one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the country.
The legislation which has been in the works since last summer is a key part of the Sustainable Atlanta Initiative, a multi-pronged approach to meet Mayor Shirley Franklins goal to reduce the citys carbon footprint. (PDF of Sustainable Building Ordinance) Included in the ordinance are water-conservation measures, energy-efficiency guidelines, material requirements and various other green-building standards. ...
Offered Smoke-Free Incentives
WGRZ-TV - July 22, 2009
The Erie Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition is leading an effort to see that landlords create 100% smoke-free environment for their tenants.
They are giving a $500 incentive to landlords who advertise smoke-free apartments.
ENTFC member Anthony Billoni says, "we feel there are lots of benefits to clean a non-smoker's apartment. Value of the property retains - also, zero-percent risk of damage from a lit cigarette."
He says interest is growing. They currently have 40 buildings in Erie and Niagara counties that have smoke-free policies. That's close to 2,000 apartments. ...
shows support for smoking ban in public housing
Duluth News Tribune - David Cowardin - July 22, 2009
Linda Ankrum doesnt get a fresh breeze when she opens her apartment window at Grandview Manor.
Instead, the air is polluted by cigarette smoke that bothers her and her daughter, who has asthma. Smoking is allowed at the public housing apartment building at Second Street and Third Avenue East.
Ankrum, who has lived at Grandview Manor for seven years, shares the opinion of more than three-fourths of renters in public housing who would rather live in a smoke-free apartment building over one that allows smoking, according to an American Lung Association of Minnesota survey of tenants in Lake, St. Louis and Carlton counties. ...
Apartment Community Officially Opens in Boston
Earthtimes (press release) - July 21, 2009
DENVER - (Business Wire) Archstone announced today that the leasing office for its newest Boston community, Archstone Avenir, has officially opened its doors and begun leasing elegant, serene flats and duplex lofts in a smoke-free environment.
As the leasing office is now officially open, Boston apartment seekers can get a first-hand look at the communitys thoughtful apartment features and convenient amenities. Leasing associates are now available to showcase apartment homes that are available for immediate occupancy Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. No broker or appointment is necessary.
Archstone Avenir has one of the best locations just steps from the North End and the financial district, which is a perfect complement to its fantastic condo-level finishes in a loft-style community, said Matt Smith, Archstones Executive Vice President of Operations for the East Region. We see this as an important extension of our unparalleled group of luxury apartment communities in the Boston metro area. ...
Lung Association Supports Department Of Housing And Urban ...
Medical News Today (press release) - July 21, 2009
Statement of Charles D. Connor, American Lung Association President and CEO:
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control and its Office of Public and Indian Housing issued new recommendations for non-smoking policies for public housing. These recommendations strongly encourage Public Housing Authorities to enact non-smoking policies in some or all of their public housing units.
The American Lung Association applauds HUD on these important recommendations that could result in protection for residents of public housing across the country, especially children, the elderly and people with chronic lung diseases. Residents of public housing are among those most at risk from unhealthy air from a variety of factors, including a high prevalence of secondhand smoke. The Lung Association strongly recommends that all public housing units adopt non-smoking policies to ensure no one - especially children, the elderly and those with chronic diseases - has to breathe dangerous secondhand smoke. ...
complex owners vote to ban smoking
Leader-Telegram July 19, 2009
It's not just indoor public places in Eau Claire where lighting up is prohibited. Now residents of a south side, owner-occupied housing complex will have to snuff out smoking in their homes, the most recent sign of public anti-smoking sentiment.
Members of the Fairfax Parkside Homeowners Association on Wednesday voted to outlaw smoking inside residences that are part of the 34-unit development. ...
Smoking Rules Tend to Vary by Race
Source: Health Behavior News Service
Prohibiting tobacco use at home could reduce adolescent smoking rates, but
the practice might be less common in black families than in white ones, a new
African-American homes have fewer full bans, and more people are allowed to smoke in those homes, said Jessica Muilenburg, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of health promotion and behavior at the University of Georgia.
The study appears in the August issue of the journal Health Education & Behavior.
Researchers led by Muilenburg surveyed 4,296 Mississippi high school students about their smoking habits and home smoking rules. About three quarters of the teens surveyed were African-American; nearly one quarter were white.
tightens smoking rules
Contra Costa (CA) Times, 2009-07-12
Katherine Tam West County Times
Richmond will ban smoking in apartments and condominiums in addition to public places, making the city the toughest place in the Bay Area to light up.
City officials will require multiunit housing to go smoke-free by Jan. 1, 2011. That includes individual apartment units and common areas such as lobbies and patios, where experts say secondhand smoke can seep through cracks, vents and wall sockets. Apartment owners can designate a smoking area, but it must be at least 25 feet away from where smoking is prohibited.
Fines for violating the new ban on smoking in multiunit housing start at $100. . . .
Richmond now has on the books the strictest batch of secondhand smoking laws in the region, said Serena Chen, a regional director at the American Lung Association in California. Other cities have some of the same laws, but not all of them. ...
staff to look at apt. buildings
North Shore News - Benjamin Alldritt - July 10, 2009
A North Vancouver man is asking council to consider a city-wide ban on smoking in multi-family buildings.
Sean Soper, a teacher, told council on Monday that in both his first rental apartment and the condominium he eventually bought in central Lonsdale, he "was constantly bombarded by second-hand smoke on a daily basis. Being an active individual who cares about his health it was hard for me to deal with that," he said. ...
old familiar lifestyle is gone in a puff
Low-income tenants face smoking ban in county apartments
Vancouver (WA) Columbian, 2009-06-28
MICHAEL ANDERSEN COLUMBIAN STAFF WRITER
The new decision by Clark County's subsidized housing agency to ban smoking in some of its properties reflects Washington's successful crusade to drive down cigarette use.
But the heated disputes between smokers and nonsmokers in Richard's building, inflamed by the VHA's action, also reflect an awkward fact about Washington's anti-smoking campaign: it's been relatively unsuccessful among the poor.
Heavy smokers who live in Richard's building, Esther Short Commons on the west side of downtown Vancouver's Esther Short Park, said they'll do as smokers whose buildings go smoke-free have done for decades: move to another place as soon as they can.
But the continuing spread of no-smoking apartments is leaving smokers with a new worry.
Where can you smoke, if not in the projects?
WINICKOFF: My Turn:
Ban Smoking in Public Housing
Jonathan P. Winickoff * NEWSWEEK
Ten years ago, I was the doctor for an 18-year-old with cystic fibrosis whose
mother was a heavy smoker. The patient told me how she coughed, wheezed, and
choked when she was at home. I became close with her; it seemed she was always
in the hospital, and I couldn't help but think it was because she wanted to
escape a toxic environment. Three years later, at 21, she diedmore than
14 years before a person with cystic fibrosis could be expected to live at that
She is not the only young patient of mine to feel the effects of secondhand smoke. More must be done to address this suffering. . . .change can't come fast enough for children from lower income levels, where rates of exposure to secondhand smoke are especially highnot surprising, given that poor adults smoke at higher rates. Children in densely populated public housing suffer the worst.
That's ironic, since these smoke-filled environments are subsidized by the same government that spends billions of dollars on secondhand-smoke-related disease. . . .
Some people argue that smoke-free regulation weighs against our longstanding cultural values surrounding privacy and protecting the sanctity of our homes. These values are important. But when considering them against the health of a child who has never smoked but is suffering from tobacco exposure in his own building, the choice is clear to me. ...
Resources Multifamily Development Group Opens Circle at ...
Carolina Newswire (press release) - June 24, 2009
Charlotte, N.C. -- Crescent Resources Multifamily Development Group has opened Circle at South End, a community that is committed to the environment and promotes healthy, fun living in Charlottes historic South End neighborhood. It is the first 100-percent smoke-free community in Charlotte.
Circle at South End embodies Crescents innovative approach to apartment living, offering residents the opportunity to live in upscale, environmentally friendly communities focused on enriching their social experiences. This community, and all Circle communities, is 100 percent smoke-free to promote clean air in residential areas and common spaces. Circle communities offer unique programming from volunteering to pet happy hours aimed at fostering a sense of community among residents. ...
COUNTY FOLLOWING NATIONAL TREND: MOVING TOWARD SMOKE FREE ...
KMAS - Dedrick Allan - June 25, 2009
A national trend has emerged at some apartment complexes in Mason County: smoke free housing. To address complaints by residents, several apartment owners have adopted smoke free policies, such as prohibiting smoking in all units and within 25 feet of buildings. Officials with Mason County Public Health applaud this effort as a positive step to protection people from secondhand smoke while also making a wise business decision. A news release from the Health Department says that going smoke free reduces fire risk, eliminates turnover costs associated with smoke damage, and protects the resale value of a property. Studies have also demonstrated the substantial market demand for smoke free properties. In a 2005 State Department of Health survey, about 85% of Washington residents prefer smoke free housing and more than half of those who smoke also indicated they prefer smoke free housing. Mason County Public Health has compiled a list of smoke free housing. That list is posted online at:
of state's largest apartment complex goes smoke free
Radio Iowa - Pat Curtis - June 24, 2009
Smoking is being banned in nearly a quarter of the units in what developers call the state's largest private apartment complex. Nine of the 40 buildings in the Sun Prairie apartment complex in West Des Moines have been declared smoke-free zones.
Kerry Wise of the American Lung Association says she knows of only one other private apartment complex in the state where smoking has been banned inside the apartments. It's a 30-unit complex in Cedar Falls.
"In Iowa we've had an increased number of calls to our office from tenants specifically asking, 'What are the options for me for smoke-free housing?' and we're starting the process of education with owners and managers," she says, "and they're starting to see the benefits, not only health wise but bottom-line wise." Iowa's Smoke-Free Air Act took effect July 1st of last year, banning smoking in public places. However, it did not ban smoking in private residences, like apartments. ...
out, this time
Hamilton (Ont) Spectator (ca), 2009-06-23
Nicole Macintyre The Hamilton Spectator
City councillors are butting out of the contentious issue of banning smoking in public housing.
They voted against taking a position yesterday, instead referring the issue to CityHousing's independent board for consideration.
"The devil is in the details," said Councillor Chad Collins, adding it's difficult for the city to take a position when it doesn't know how the restrictions would be implemented.
"There's still a lot of work to be done. I see this as the start of the process."
Public health staff had recommended the Board of Health, which includes all councillors, endorse a smoking ban for all new housing properties and some existing units as they turn over. The position would then be forwarded to the CityHousing's board to be considered for a formal policy. ...
offers strategies for promoting smoke-free homes from ...
AAP News (subscription) - Jun 1, 2009
25-27 in Anaheim, Calif., the conference is a joint venture of the AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence, the Smoke Free Homes Project, ...
6/1: The Smoke-Free Environments Law Project maintains this up-dated listing of all the public housing authorities/commissions in the U.S. that we know of which have adopted smoke-free policies for one or more of their apartment buildings. The listing is done largely in the order in which the policies have been adopted. As of May, 2009, at least 112 local housing authorities had adopted smoke-free policies for some or all of their apartment buildings, with about 94 being adopted since the beginning of January, 2005; an average of about 1.8 per month. That constitutes an increase in the number of housing authorities with smoke-free policies of about 660% in 53 months. The 17 states with such policies include Michigan (28), Minnesota (19), Maine (18), Colorado (11), California (7), Nebraska (6), Washington (4), New Hampshire (3), Oregon (3), Alaska (3) New Jersey (2), Wisconsin (2), Idaho (2), Florida, Montana, Indiana, and Kentucky.
Mateo condo complex to vote on smoking ban
Inside Bay Area, 2009-05-24
Daniel Powell San Mateo County Times
One San Mateo condominium complex may soon be turning into a microcosm of Belmont, the neighboring city that made national headlines in 2007 by banning smoking in condos and apartments.
The Plaza West Complex's board of directors will vote later this month whether to adopt a rule banning smoking anywhere on the premises except for two outdoor stairwell areas and a portion of the parking lot. . . .
Jagruti Patel is one of five residents that sit on the board. She said the proposed rule has the support of all five members and will likely pass when it comes up for a vote later this month.
Patel, 30, who lives in the 20th Avenue complex with her husband, said she joined the board primarily to advocate for a smoking ban after suffering through a neighbor's smoke, which drifted into her unit on hot days. ...
rules for lighting up in Contra Costa may be up in smoke
Contra Costa Times - May 18, 2009
Apartment landlords would have to alert prospective tenants of which neighbors smoke and how they handle cigarette complaints under an updated secondhand smoking ordinance Contra Costa supervisors will discuss today.
The supervisors will vote on recommendations that add teeth to already strict smoking regulations in unincorporated Contra Costa County. The ordinance could also hold restaurant owners liable for smoking in outdoor dining areas, a regulation that some proprietors have been ignoring, said Wendel Brunner, Contra Costa's public health director.
Upon supervisors' direction, county counsel and the county's Tobacco Prevention Project will craft amendments to the county's 2006 Secondhand Smoke Protections Ordinance and return it to the board for formal approval. Contra Costa's regulations already restrict smoking in many public areas, including trails and parks; service areas, such as ATMs or bus stops; and common indoor and outdoor areas of multiunit residences, among other restrictions.
The county is stopping short of recommending a ban on smoking anywhere in apartment buildings, like the ordinance Belmont passed.
expands smoking ban to some houses
San Mateo Daily Journal - May 13, 2009
The city that made international headlines for banning smoking in apartment complexes in 2007 decided last night to also prohibit smoking in single-family homes rented through the citys low-income housing program.
The Belmont City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, voted 4-1 to add to its rental criteria and lease contract a clause that prohibits tenants of low-income housing to smoke within their unit even if its a single-family residence. The idea was opposed by Councilman Warren Lieberman who said he was uncomfortable with adding further restrictions of residents. ...
apartments in Minnesota snuffing out smoking
Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune, 2009-05-08
Susan Feyder, Star Tribune
"I remember sitting out on my balcony last year and being able to smell someone smoking," she said. "Even if you can't smell it, there's toxins in the air."
The number of apartment buildings with non-smoking policies -- while small -- is growing, according to Live Smoke Free, a program of the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota funded by a Minnesota Department of Health grant.
The group has identified about 280 multi-unit apartment complexes with at least one non-smoking building, said Carissa Duke, community outreach coordinator for the organization. About a half dozen housing co-operatives and condominiums also have gone smoke free. All told, the smoke-free buildings account for about 2 percent of the state's rental properties, she said.
Waterstone Place is the fourth area smoke-free apartment building managed by Steven Scott Management, which handles 62 buildings in the Twin Cities. ...
filed to provide smoke-free senior housing
EastBayRI.com - May 1, 2009
WESTPORT Two bills, both aiming to provide smoke-free living for residents of elderly housing who choose it, are being heard by a legislative committee this week.
The action comes after controversy at the Greenwood Terrace senior housing facility where a resident who suffers from asthma and cerebral palsy said her apartment is constantly filled with second-hand smoke. The Westport Housing Authority says its hands are tied in the matter because the state makes no provision for smoke-free buildings in senior housing projects.
Rep. Michael J. Rodrigues of Westport said the bills were to be heard by the Joint Committee of Housing, of which he is a member.
Please understand that the legislative process is deliberate and these bills will not move as quickly as some may want. However, I can assure you of my support for these two bills as we move forward, Rep. Rodrigues said.
In recent weeks, Ive been attempting to encourage the Westport Housing Authority and the Department of Housing and Community Development to sit down regarding the situation at Greenwood Terrace, Rep. Rogrigues said. Please know that Im committed to finding a solution as we continue to work through the complex issues that exist." ...
breathe easy with no-smoking policy
Published: 04:00 AM Apr 26,2009
BY CELESTE BUSK - Sun-Times Staff Writer
While "no smoking" clauses are becoming quite common among small apartment building rentals, recently Chicago welcomed the first large new development, AMLI900, in the South Loop. The new building also will be LEED certified, with numerous "green" features.
alarm: Oklahoma tenants get few tobacco-free options
While some areas are enacting restrictions, that's not the case here
Laura Clay says she was being poisoned by a neighbor's cigarette smoke.
Clay, 31, of Norman, said she started complaining to her landlord about the smoke coming in the vents of her apartment a short time after moving there in 2007. When her 8-year-old daughter's asthma worsened and her son was born prematurely in summer 2008, Clay quit asking and started demanding that something be done.
"They told me there was nothing they could do," Clay said, "that my neighbors had every right to smoke in their apartment. But we couldn't breathe." . . .
Then she started calling around for advice.
She reached Doug Matheny, tobacco use prevention chief for the state Health Department. He said secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing like apartment complexes is an issue he regularly gets calls about.
Municipalities and counties across the country, including areas in Washington, California and Minnesota, have already banned or restricted smoking in multi-unit or public housing.
Matheny said Oklahoma isn't looking at policy options, but officials want to educate people about the health risks.
Percy Brown, project coordinator for the Tobacco Free Zone program, is working on a research project examining smoking trends in three of the Tulsa Housing Authority's 14 communities. ...
lead push to ban smoking at home
Mass. activists sidestep fray
Boston (MA) Globe, 2009-04-24
Stephen Smith Globe Staff
It was one thing, they figured, for lawmakers to banish smoking from restaurants and bars. It was something else entirely to deploy city or state laws to prevent apartment tenants and condo owners from smoking in their own homes.
So, instead, they are leaving it to market forces, convinced that the supply side - landlords - will listen to the demand side - nonsmoking tenants - and adopt smoke-free rules.
It appears to be working.
"Now renting! Smoke-free apartment living" trumpets a banner billowing from a blocklong apartment house rising in the shadow of TD Banknorth Garden. And a soon-to-be-released survey from Northeastern University shows broad support for smoke-free living among tenants, a finding that activists plan to share in coming months with landlords, tenants, and condo boards.
"This isn't government shoving it down the tenants' throat," said Jim Bergman, who directs the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project, which tracks the movement nationally. "When you start putting restrictions on where people can smoke in their home, even if it's a rental home, they might feel that's an infringement of their rights in a greater way than having smoke-free workplaces."
Still, even this more gentle strategy is sure to rankle some smokers, who complain of being branded as pariahs.
Stephen Helfer, who has fought on behalf of smokers' rights for years, said there is nothing subtle about efforts that he argues will further marginalize the poor and the mentally ill, who smoke at rates higher than the state average. . . .
"People have criticized us and said this is a nanny state issue," said former Belmont City Council member David Warden, who championed the regulation, which can result in a $100 fine for scofflaw smokers. "A nanny state to me is when you have laws that try to protect you from yourself.
"The intent here is to protect people from other people's behavior."
. . .
landlords insist it can cost thousands of dollars to restore carpets and paint in units occupied by smokers. And condo boards that go smoke-free cite a lower fire risk and, potentially, reduced insurance costs.
The Mount Vernon Co., which owns apartment buildings on such tony corridors as Commonwealth Avenue and Newbury Street, was among the first to ban smoking. ...
VIEW: Lighting up common sense, 04-24-09
Fall River Herald News - April 24, 2009
Residents have a right to privacy in their own homes. Residents have a right to breathe clean air.
Those seemingly self-evident entitlements are strangely at odds in a dispute over smoking in a public housing complex in Westport.
Lori Rego moved in November to Greenwood Terrace, a subsidized apartment complex run by the Westport Housing Authority. Since that time, Rego has complained of nausea, dizziness and a burning throat, which she blames on pervasive secondhand cigarette smoke originating in surrounding apartments. The noxious smoke seeps into apartments through cracks and the buildings ventilation system, causing discomfort and health risks for residents throughout the building.
It would seem there is a simple solution to the problem. Cigarette smoke is hazardous and those who dont want to inhale it should not be forced to, especially in their own homes. Since there is no way to prevent the smoke from seeping into neighboring apartments, no one should be smoking in the building. Ban smoking indoors, allowing it on the grounds outside the building, and everyone will be happy.
But not so fast. Westport Housing Authority Executive Director Steven Beauregard claims the authority has no right to tell people not to smoke in their own homes. He said the board does not have the power to make the whole complex or even one building smoke-free. ...
Management Says 1000 Condos On Fire In 2008
HULIQ - April 24, 2009
The number one cause of fires was careless smoking. While some associations are trying to ban smoking inside of units, that issue is going to take a long ...
Housing Authority passes new no smoking policy for tenants on oxygen
Titusville (PA) Herald , 2009-04-22
Tenants of Titusville Housing Authority-owned units who use oxygen tanks will not be allowed to smoke in the buildings under a new policy that goes into effect May 23.
Housing authority board members on Tuesday afternoon unanimously approved the policy, which bans smoking even when a tenant's oxygen is turned off.
The policy was drawn up after the authority learned of an incident with Altoona Housing Authority. After the Altoona authority had a fire involving a tenant on oxygen, it was advised to put a policy in place that would protect it from being liable for damages.
new smoking ordinance barely wins Council OK
The Community Voice (Rohnert Park, CA), 2009-04-21
Rohnert Park's City Council had no problem introducing an ordinance banning hookah-smoking parlors or head shops and cigarette-vending machines in the city. But when it came to curbing cigarette smoking in multi-family condos or apartments, it entered a tangled thicket of just what to do about this phase of anti-tobacco legislation.
It became apparent when a vote was taken after a lengthy discussion and wound up with a 3-2 approval vote, vividly displaying a split council on proposed amendments. Vice-Mayor Gina Belforte and Councilman Joe Callinan were against the amendments with Mayor Amie Breeze, Jake Mackenzie and Pam Stafford in favor.
Senior Planner Maureen Rich presented the council with a thick package of proposed changes. Most of the controversy concerned rules for multi-family dwellings. These involved non-smoking areas, 75, 50 or 25 percent of smokers and non-smokers, and just how the rules would be enforced. . . .
The council had problems with the multi-paged ordinance, but it won a slim majority despite the overall sense there'll be problems ahead, especially in enforcing the ban. Complicating the issue were state laws that the ordinance either matches or exceeds.
meeting to show how make residential buildings smoke-free
Brookline TAB - April 20, 2009
Brookline Drifting secondhand smoke in multi-unit dwellings is a public health problem and an ongoing concern for tenants, condo owners and landlords. Secondhand smoke is a Class A carcinogen, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In multi-unit properties, secondhand smoke typically drifts from unit to unit, and stays in the air for hours, causing smokers and non-smokers alike to be exposed. Children are particularly vulnerable to the adverse health effects caused by exposure. ...
Housing Authority becomes second in Idaho with a smoke-free policy; At least
110 housing authorities in the U.S. now have smoke-free policies for some or
all their buildings
SFELP, April 16, 2009
Effective January 1, 2009, the Caldwell Housing Authority became Idaho's second housing authority to have a smoke-free policy for all its units. Caldwell has 234 units for families, seniors, and disabled persons. The Nampa Housing Authority was the first in Idaho to adopt a smoke-free policy for all its units. These are the two largest housing authorities in Idaho. As of April, 2009, at least 110 housing authorities in the U.S. have adopted smoke-free policies for some or all their buildings. This is almost a 650% increase since January, 2005.
Ban smoking in public housing
The Salem News - April 3, 2009
SALEM It's been a tough week for smokers.
President Obama just signed a 62-cent tobacco tax increase on a pack of cigarettes. And now one of Salem's own politicians is calling for a total smoking ban inside the city's public housing.
City Councilor Tom Furey's proposal would prohibit anyone from smoking inside apartments owned by the Salem Housing Authority and force them to light up outside.
Furey said he came up with the idea after hearing about two recent fires inside Salem public housing units started by smoking.
Resources Multifamily Development Group to Open Circle at ...
PR Newswire (press release) - April 1, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Crescent Resources Multifamily Development Group is opening Circle at Concord Mills, a community that is committed to the environment and promotes healthy, fun living with easy access to the attractions available around Concord Mills mall. The community opens this month as the first 100 percent smoke-free community in Concord.
Circle at Concord Mills embodies Crescent's innovative approach to apartment living, offering residents the opportunity to live in upscale, environmentally friendly communities focused on enriching their social experiences. This community, and all Circle communities, will be 100 percent smoke-free to promote clean air in residential areas and common spaces. Circle communities will offer unique programming aimed at fostering a sense of community among residents.
ban in rental housing examined
Tacoma (WA) Weekly, 2009-03-19
Could smoking inside rental housing be banned in Tacoma? Potentially, but such a ban has legal complexities surrounding it. Tacoma City Council's Neighborhoods and Housing Committee heard a proposal on the topic on March 2.
Jacqueline Strong Moss from the city's Human Rights and Human Services Department mentioned the statewide smoking ban in public places such as taverns, restaurants and bowling alleys. That does not apply to rental housing, she noted.
However, some landlords are increasingly concerned about the costs of cleaning rental units after smokers move out. John Briehl, director of the department, said that as a result efforts to ban smoking in rental units are mostly market-driven. "There has been movement in the industry for smoke-free housing."
Smoking is banned in some public housing. Briehl gave one local example. Tacoma Housing Authority bans smoking in its E.B. Wilson Apartments, which are designated for elderly and disabled renters. Smoking was banned in all 77 units last year. Seattle Housing Authority has one smoke-free complex.
[Oregon] Housing Authority to adopt smoke-free policy for all its buildings
with thousands of units
3/13: According to a March 12th Portland Tribune article: A year ago, Guardian Management, the largest manager of private apartments in Portland, made its nearly 70 buildings containing about 6,000 apartments smoke-free. Tenants cannot smoke in their apartments, and they cannot smoke in the hallways. Last month, the Housing Authority of Portland began sending out notices to tenants announcing all its buildings, containing more than 6,200 apartments, will be going smoke-free. Tenants who need to smoke will have to make their way outside buildings to designated smoking areas, rain or shine. The housing authority's decision to go smokeless puts Portland at the head of the national smoke-free housing movement. No housing authority in a city the size of Portland has gone that route yet, though national experts say they have no doubt many will. And experts say more and more private apartment buildings are going to follow Guardian's lead. The housing authority's new rules will take effect in August for its public housing buildings, which serve people with little income, and will be phased in more gradually for its affordable housing buildings, which offer subsidized rent for tenants making less than the city's median income. ... Colleen Hermann-Franzen, smoke-free housing manager for the American Lung Association in Oregon, which lobbied for the smoking ban, says a survey the association conducted of housing residents showed almost half claimed secondhand smoke drifted into their apartments, and 61 percent of residents said they favored their buildings going smoke-free. "It's definitely a national trend," Hermann-Franzen says. "What is great is that Guardian and the housing authority listened to what their residents wanted." Hermann-Franzen calls the move to smoke-free apartments, both in public and private housing, "a natural transition." "When you think about it, people used to smoke in airplanes," Hermann-Franzen says. "And now, we look at it 20 years later and say, 'why did we allow that?' It didn't protect people from secondhand smoke." Jim Bergman, co-director of a nonprofit called the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project, of Ann Arbor, Mich., says there has been a 600 percent increase during the last four years in housing authorities nationwide adopting smoke-free policies. "Within the next five years, smoke-free multi-unit housing is going to be the norm," Bergman says. But it isn't health concerns that are driving the private sector move to smoke-free apartments, Bergman says. It's economics.
Warning Label for Your Apartment Building: Disclosing Smoking Policies for Multi-Unit
The Hennepin Lawyer, February 23, 2009
An article of the above title by Warren H. Ortland, Esq. of the Tobqacco Law Center in St. Paul appeared in the Feb. 23rd issue of The Hennepin Lawyer and stated, in part: The popularity of smoking in the United States began to slowly decline after the publication of the U.S. Surgeon General's report in 1964 linking smoking to an increased risk of cancer. With the gradual transition of the perception of smoking from an acceptable habit to a hazardous activity, the regulation of smoking, and its harmful byproduct, secondhand smoke (SHS), has correspondingly increased. The most recent wave of legislation in numerous states, including Minnesota, has essentially eliminated smoking from indoor public places, public transportation, and places of employment. The next wave of regulation will likely encompass locations that are generally viewed as private: the home residence and the personal automobile. Recognizing that laws controlling smoking in private residences, such as multi-family rental buildings, will face resistance, cities and counties wishing to protect their residents from SHS could start with an interim measure -- disclosure of the smoking policy for multi-unit buildings. This would not mandate that any change in policy be imposed on landlords, but would only require that more information about a potential residence be provided to prospective tenants. Other federal and state laws have addressed similar residential health hazards -- lead-based paint, radon, and methamphetamine laboratory residue -- through requiring disclosure in real estate transaction documents, and these disclosures appear to have contributed to reducing the health consequences resulting from exposure. Disclosure of the smoking policy for a building is a simple way to educate both tenants and landlords of the dangers of secondhand smoke and help to reduce the incidence of lung cancer and heart conditions.
housing training offered
VillageSoup Belfast - March 10, 2009
BELFAST (March 10): Healthy Waldo County is offering free training for landlords, property managers, tenants and anyone interested in learning more about smoke-free housing.
Amy Olfene, coordinator of the Smoke-free Housing Coalition of Maine, will speak about creating smoke-free policies that will help landlords save money and make happier tenants.
The forum is 9-10 a.m. Friday, March 13, in the Waldo County General Hospital Education Center. Refreshments will be served.
authority mulls smoking ban for new Allied Drive apartments
Capital Times - March 9, 2009
Robert Artis, an activist in his low-income Allied Drive-Dunn's Marsh neighborhood, said that if he wants to smoke in his apartment, he ought to be able to light up.
"I should have the right to sit down on my couch after dinner and smoke a cigarette," said Artis. "If I can't smoke in my own home, where can I?"
Artis could find his living room smoking snuffed out if he wants to live in the apartments the city's Community Development Authority is constructing in the Allied Drive neighborhood. The CDA is considering whether to ban smoking in the $9.2 million housing development for low-income tenants.
CDA officials have worked closely with Allied Drive residents to set screening criteria and rents for the new housing at a level that would open its doors to them and their neighbors. A smoke-free policy would slam it, Artis said. ...
considers smoking ban options for housing
KING5.com - March 3, 2009
TACOMA, Wash. - You cant smoke in restaurants or at the office. Could your home be next?
Depends on where you live.
The City of Tacoma Human Rights and Human Services Department recently briefed city leaders on "smoke-free housing options."
During the meeting Monday, the department made no recommendations, said executive director John Briehl, and the city made no motions.
Still, the idea of a smoking ban has stirred mixed reactions in at least one landlord.
month later, Belmont smoking ban seems to be smooth sailing
San Jose Mercury News, February 11, 2009
Despite all the hoopla and national spotlight treatment it drew, Belmont's landmark smoking ban in multi-level apartment buildings has proven far less draconian since going into effect a month ago than many expected.
In fact, not a single smoker has been cited for puffing up inside apartments that share a floor or ceiling with another unit, Code Enforcement Officer Kirk Buckman said.
In the months before and after the law kicked in Jan. 9, the city has received about 30 calls from residents, mostly with questions about what it would do, said City Manager Jack Crist. The city has also logged a few complaints from residents reporting that their neighbors were violating the ordinance, he added.
effort is homing in on apartments, condominiums
San Diego Union Tribune, CA - February 9, 2009
Airplanes were among the first places to go cigarette-free in the 1980s, when public health advocates convinced regulators that passengers should not be forced to breathe someone else's smoke.
Then smoking was outlawed in California restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Most recently, cigarettes were banned at beaches and parks across San Diego County, and El Cajon made smoking on the street a crime.
Now there's a new frontier in the war on tobacco: apartments and condominiums.
Anti-tobacco groups across the county are lobbying elected officials and apartment owners and managers to ban smoking in multiunit residences for the sake of those who share walls, ceilings and floors with smokers.
The odor can permeate adjoining units, they say, posing a danger to neighbors and further sickening those with asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
Smoking, No Problem
Affordable Housing Finance, CA - February 3, 2009
A YEAR AFTER introducing a no-smoking policy at its properties across the West, Guardian Management, LLC, reports that nearly three-quarters of the residents were very or somewhat happy with the ban.
The number of nonsmokers who reported never being exposed to secondhand smoke in their apartments increased about 75 percent, according to a survey that the Oregon Public Health Division conducted at 17 of Guardians Sec. 8 and low-income housing tax credit developments.
smoking ban now official
Santa Monica Daily Press, CA - January 29, 2009
Lighting up cigarettes in common areas of multi-unit residences is now prohibited.
The council adopted on second reading an ordinance to ban tobacco in common areas of apartments and condominium complexes, adding to a growing list of anti-smoking laws in the city.
Ordinances go through a two-step process before they are formally adopted, including the first reading when community input is permitted, and the second reading when the law is ratified.
Renters have complained about the impacts of living with neighbors who smoke, some claiming they have developed respiratory illnesses.
authority enacts smoking ban
Bangor Daily News, ME - January 29, 2009
The Brewer Housing Authoritys board of directors voted Tuesday to make all of its facilities smoke-free, Executive Director Gordan Stitham said Wednesday.
Housing authority directors decided in July 2006 to ban smoking in 102 units, and just added the remaining 52 units to the list, he said.
Residents in those units who smoke will be grandfathered and allowed to smoke in their apartments until July 31, but all new tenants will be banned from smoking inside.
Under the new policy, smokers are required to be 25 feet away from the buildings when they light up, Stitham said.
The board of directors discussed the 2006 smoking ban for nearly two years before endorsing the nonsmoking regulation. Other housing authorities across the state have implemented similar policies.
Journal - Smoking Ban Hits Home. Truly.
New York Times, 2009-01-27
During her 50 years of smoking, Edith Frederickson says, she has lit up in
restaurants and bars, airplanes and trains, and indoors and out, all as part
of a two-pack-a-day habit that she regrets not a bit. But as of two weeks ago,
Ms. Frederickson can no longer smoke in the one place she loves the most: her
Ms. Frederickson lives in an apartment in Belmont, Calif., a quiet Silicon Valley city that is now home to perhaps the nations strictest antismoking law, effectively outlawing lighting up in all apartment buildings.
"I'm absolutely outraged," said Ms. Frederickson, 72, pulling on
a Winston as she sat on a concrete slab outside her single-room apartment. "They're
telling you how to live and what to do, and they're doing it right here in America."
And that the ban should have originated in her very building -- a sleepy government-subsidized retirement complex called Bonnie Brae Terrace -- is even more galling. Indeed, according to city officials, a driving force behind the passage of the law was a group of retirees from the complex who lobbied the city to stop secondhand smoke from drifting into their apartments from the neighbors' places.
"They took it upon themselves to do something about it," said Valerie
Harnish, the city's information services manager. "And they did."
Public health advocates are closely watching to see what happens with Belmont,
seeing it as a new front in their national battle against tobacco, one that
seeks to place limits on smoking in buildings where tenants share walls, ceilings
and -- by their logic -- air. Not surprisingly, habitually health-conscious
California has been ahead of the curve on the issue, with several other cities
passing bans on smoking in most units in privately owned apartment buildings,
but none has gone as far as Belmont, which prohibits smoking in any apartment
that shares a floor or ceiling with another, including condominiums.
"I think Belmont broke through this invisible barrier in the sense that it addressed drifting smoke in housing as a public health issue," said Serena Chen, the regional director of policy and tobacco programs for the American Lung Association of California. "They simply said that secondhand smoke is no less dangerous when it's in your bedroom than in your workplace."
At a local level, the debate over the law has divided the residents of the Bonnie Brae into two camps...
condos consider ban on smoking at home
Cape Cod Times, MA - January 27, 2009
Smokers have been able to puff away at home even after they can no longer smoke at work, in restaurants and bars, or at the beach.
But some residents at Old Colony Village in Orleans want to stop neighbors from lighting up even in their own living areas.
The condominium association is debating a smoking ban for its 143 units in response to complaints about secondhand smoke migrating into hallways and neighbors' units in the two- and three-story buildings on Old Colony Way. The proposed bylaw would prohibit smoking as units are sold but would allow the complex's board to require that a resident who smokes install a filter system, seal off places where smoke could escape, or even stop smoking.
"I feel people should have a right to smoke," said resident Christine Williams yesterday, "but if you balance that against nonsmokers' rights, I think health issues should prevail."
directory of smoke-free apartments now available
Oakdalel Lake Elmo Review, MN - January 22, 2009
Minnesota renters looking for smoke-free apartment buildings can easily find them by using a new online directory launched this month by the Association for Nonsmokers - Minnesota (ANSR). Compiled by ANSR's Live Smoke Free program, the online directory, www.mnsmokefreehousing.org, lists more than 250 Minnesota apartment buildings that are 100 percent smoke free. The new user-friendly directory provides renters with a free, easy way to search for apartment buildings in their community that do not allow smoking inside the building, including the individual apartment units.
"Tenants are looking for smoke-free apartments, and apartment building owners want to promote their smoke-free buildings. Secondhand smoke migrating into apartments is a common problem, and renters are unable to protect themselves and their families from the harmful toxins in secondhand smoke," said Brittany McFadden, Director of Live Smoke Free. "The only way to avoid exposure is to live in a smoke-free apartment building." ...
For information on finding or listing a smoke-free apartment building, contact Live Smoke Free at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 651-646-3005.
Housing Authority extends smoking ban to all units
Bangor Daily News, January 21, 2009
The Brewer Housing Authoritys board of directors voted Tuesday to make all of its facilities smoke-free, Executive Director Gordan Stitham said Wednesday. Housing authority directors decided in July 2006 to ban smoking in 102 units, and just added the remaining 52 units to the list, he said. Residents in those units who smoke will be grandfathered and allowed to smoke in their apartments until July 31, but all new tenants will be banned from smoking inside. Under the new policy, smokers are required to be 25 feet away from the buildings when they light up, Stitham said. The board of directors discussed the 2006 smoking ban for nearly two years before endorsing the nonsmoking regulation. Other housing authorities across the state have implemented similar policies.
law against tobacco smoke between homes
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 2009-01-19
Question: Are there any regulations on cigarette smoking in residential neighborhoods? Our new neighbors smoke all night long on their back patio, which is literally 10 feet from our bedroom window, and we are downwind. Their cigarette smoke fills our bedroom and our small house. We've tried asking them to not smoke there, but they are young people renting the house who like to stay up late and seem to have no regard for our proximity. This has completely ruined our quality of life as well as exposed us to secondhand smoke. We must now keep our windows shut all the time. Is there anything we can do legally?
Answer: Yours is a frequent complaint with no easy answer.
In Hawaii, the anti-smoking law does not deal with tobacco smoke going from one home or apartment unit to another. . . .
"The coalition also has a Web site that can help people living in apartment
buildings or condominiums who encounter issues with secondhand smoke that affects
their quality of life and health," she said.
Go to www.hawaiismokefreehomes.org. . . .
urged to ban smoking
Plattsburgh Press Republican, NY - January 15, 2009
The Adirondack Tobacco Free Network is developing a new tri-county initiative to promote smoke-free environments in apartment complexes across the region.
Gives Apartment, Condo Dwellers Relief from Second Hand Smoke
The Lookout News, CA - January 15, 2009
The [Santa Monica, California] City Council unanimously approved a ban on smoking in common areas of multi-unit residential buildings Tuesday, confident the new law protects the health of non-smokers, while safeguarding smokers from eviction.
The law would not make it a criminal infraction to smoke in outdoor common areas, including patios, garden and pool areas and parking lots. Instead the victims of second hand smoke can file a civil action in court to get an injunction or collect as much as much as $100 in damages.
Owner Sued for Common Area Second Hand Smoke
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC., 2009-01-14
In a ruling issued earlier this week, the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled that a 7-year old asthmatic girl had standing to file suit as a tenant against an apartment owner over secondhand smoke in outdoor and common areas of the community, such as swimming pools, barbecues, playgrounds and dining facilities. (Birke v. Oakwood Worldwide, 09 C.D.O.S. 409).
The suit was brought by the girls father, a California civil litigator, who claims that the courts ruling establishes a national precedent. As reported in law.com, the girls father asserted that: "This is the first time," he said, "that a court anywhere in the country -- and I can say that with some certainty because we did the research -- has ruled that outdoor secondhand smoke can constitute a public and private nuisance."
Noteworthy is that a concurring judge in the opinion indicated that he would have also let the case move forward under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. Can you imagine the possible wave of class action suits against apartment owners lurking in the wings under the ADA for injuries caused by second hand smoke?
This case underscores the need for apartment owners and managers, to the extent they have not previously done so, to consider imposing a clearly defined smoke free policy on their entire communities, including outdoor and common areas.
First Smoke-Free Apartment Building Thriving in South Loop
Earthtimes (press release), UK - January 12, 2009
January 1, 2009 marked the one-year anniversary of the Smoke-free Illinois Act, prohibiting smoking in virtually all public places and workplaces. As Chicago's first completely smoke-free apartment building, AMLI 900 is catering to those who want to live in a smoke-free environment. Located at 900 S. Clark St. in the South Loop, this luxury apartment building began leasing in May 2008.
of Year Heralds Record Numbers of Smoke-Free Apartments in Michigan and the
Smokefree Environments Law Project (SFELP), December 18, 2008
12/18: The following is from a Dec. 17th press release from SFELP: "As 2008 comes to a close, we are delighted that hundreds of thousands of apartments all across Michigan are now totally smoke-free" according to Jim Bergman, Co-Director of The Center for Social Gerontology, Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which operates the Smoke-Free Environments Law Project (SFELP). "In 2004 when the MI Smoke-Free Apartment Initiative began, it was almost impossible to find apartments that had smoke-free or no-smoking policies. In four short years, smoke-free apartments now abound and are the clear trend." "Smoke-free multi-unit housing is fast-becoming the 'hot' new amenity in Michigan rental housing. Hundreds of thousands of market-rate rental housing units are now covered by no-smoking policies. Well over 15,000 units of 'affordable' housing are also smoke-free. And, 28 public housing commissions in Michigan have smoke-free policies for some or all their buildings, covering over 3,500 units," said Bergman. ... While Michigan is one of the pace-setters in the nation in the realm of smoke-free multi-unit housing, this is a national trend, as well. Both the National Apartment Association and the National Multi-Housing Council have highlighted smoke-free housing as a growing movement and have told their members that smoke-free policies are good for business as well as health. ... "As 2008 ends, there are now at least 102 local public housing authorities in the United States with smoke-free policies for some or all their apartment buildings," said Bergman. "Of the 102 local housing authorities that adopted smoke-free policies, about 85 were adopted since the beginning of January, 2005; an average of about 1.8 per month. That constitutes an increase in the number of housing authorities with smoke-free policies of 600% in 4 years." ... Resident surveys by Michigan apartment owners reflect what surveys in Minnesota, California, Maine and elsewhere have found: a sizeable majority of apartment residents greatly prefer smoke-free apartment buildings. At least 75% to 80% of residents in most apartments surveyed say they want smoke-free housing, and over half say they have moved or would move if secondhand tobacco smoke seeped into their unit from adjoining units. ... Bergman concluded by saying: "No one could have predicted the enormous growth in smoke-free multi-unit buildings that we've witnessed in 2007 and 2008. The trend is clear, smoke-free multi-unit housing is fast becoming the norm in Michigan and other parts of the nation. Whether its market-rate, affordable or public housing, smoke-free is the hot new amenity that owners and residents want." To access the full press release, in pdf format, click above.
May Have Set Anti-Smoking Precedent
istockAnalyst.com (press release), OR - October 27, 2008
The Sanderses may be the first in the country to resort to getting a temporary restraining order against a neighbor to deal with secondhand smoke.
Stinks in a Slow Real Estate Market
76% of Potential Home Buyers Say Cigarette Smoke Odor Would Be a Deal Breaker
PR Newswire, 2008-10-21, Source: Tobacco Free Florida
As "For Sale" signs dot yards throughout Florida, plummeting sales and home prices and soaring foreclosures signal that the housing crisis continues to deepen. When the real estate market is competitive, a home with a pungent odor such as cigarettes can make or break the deal. According to a 2008 Home Features Survey done by Zip Realty, 76% of respondents say that bad odors, such as cigarette smoke, would sway their decision against purchasing a home. Tobacco Free Florida wants to help Floridians maintain their edge in a competitive market and live healthier lives.
The stale, lingering odor of cigarette smoke seeps into and sticks on furniture, carpets, walls, curtains and just about every surface it comes in contact with. Household cleaners alone won't get the job done, therefore professionals need to be hired to deep clean the stubborn odors and remove stains. Smokers incur extra costs when selling a house that non-smokers do not. Homes may require new paint and professional carpet and drapery cleaning. For an average sized home this could run a homeowner approximately $3,000 in additional expenses.
ban in your home? Lake talks setting rule for public housing
Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, 2008-08-31
Madhu Krishnamurthy * Daily Herald Staff
The Lake County Housing Authority is considering banning smoking in public housing units, an unprecedented move in Illinois.
"We try to be ahead of the curve," said David Northern, Lake County Housing Authority executive director. "We have a high population of persons with disabilities, senior citizens and lower income individuals who have health problems without the health care to treat those problems. It's not right for them to have to deal with secondhand smoke."
Roughly 80 public housing authorities in 15 states from California to Maine have adopted smoke-free policies, said Jim Bergman, director of the Smoke-free Environments Law Project based in Ann Arbor, Mich. The group works with local health departments on smoke-free issues largely focusing on apartments and condominiums. . . .
Any policy change has to be approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the housing authority's board of commissioners.
Officials started discussing the idea two years ago, spurred by a few residents' complaints about secondhand smoke, concerns about health and fire safety, and the costs of rehabbing apartments with smoking damage. . . .
Smokers' rights activist Garnet Dawn Scheuer of Lake Bluff, Midwest regional director for The Smoker's Club Inc., said banning smoking in peoples' homes is an invasion of privacy and goes against constitutionally protected rights.
ban gets lawyer's green light
Aspen Times, CO - August 9, 2008
An attorney for the homeowners association at the Centennial affordable-housing complex says a ban on cigarette smoking in its privately owned units is viable and will hold up in court.
When the homeowners association board proposed banning smoking in the 92 privately owned condominiums, some residents - smokers and non - balked, arguing that the ban would set a dangerous precedent for infringing on civil liberties and possibly violating the constitutional right to privacy.
"Preliminary findings indicate that we will be able to make Centennial a 'smoke-free environment' if we so choose," homeowners association board president Ed Cross wrote to residents in a letter this week. "Legal precedent has stated that smoking is not a constitutionally protected right."
The association's homeowners board on July 8 voted 5-1, with one abstention, to explore the legal viability of banning smoking in the complex. Its attorney, Fred Peirce, has since prepared a legal argument for the ban that he will present at a Centennial homeowners meeting on Aug. 19.
ban considered at Centennial
Aspen Times, CO - July 7, 2008
ASPEN A smoking ban is being contemplated throughout all privately owned condominiums at Centennial after two recent cigarette-caused fires broke out there and at another Aspen affordable-housing complex.
We almost might be obliged to do something about it, and this could be ground-breaking, said Ed Cross, president of the Centennial condominium association. Its a safety issue now.
The ban, which will be discussed by the condominium association board Tuesday, comes in response to a fire that broke out at the Castle Ridge apartment complex on June 10. A smoldering cigarette left in potting soil on a balcony destroyed a building and left 17 people homeless.
Secondhand Smoke Seeps In
Habitat Magazine, Richard Siegler
May 5, 2008
Is the co-op or condo liable when secondhand smoke emanates from an apartment? It is indeed, according to the landmark ruling in Poyck v. Bryant. When smoke gets in your eyes or nose or throat this violates the warranty of habitability that applies to all residential apartments.
Peter Poyck, the owner of condominium unit 5-D at 22 West 15th Street in Manhattan, began subleasing this apartment to Stanley and Michelle Bryant in 1998. In March 2001, new neighbors moved into 5-C next door. The newcomers constantly smoked there and in the common fifth-floor hallway, and secondhand smoke penetrated the walls. The Bryants complained to the superintendent, Frank Baldanza, who allegedly spoke to the next-door neighbors, to no avail. The smoke continued unabated.
When the super's efforts failed, Stanley Bryant wrote a letter on June 29, 2001, to the super, to Peter Poyck, and to Poyck's attorney seeking a solution. This was not simply a matter of unpleasant odors; it represented an ongoing health hazard for Bryant's wife, who was recovering from her second cancer surgery and who claimed to be extremely allergic to such smoke. To try to remedy the situation, Bryant sealed his apartment entry door with weather-stripping and a draft barrier. He operated two HEPA air filters 'round the clock, incurring additional electric charges. Despite this, the Bryants could still smell smoke from 5-C in their apartment.
rentals gain steam in county
Daily Democrat, April 15, 2008
California cities debate laws to ban smoking in outdoor and indoor shared spaces,
some Davis apartment complexes are going smoke-free.
In March 2008, King Properties of Davis decided to prohibit smoking inside all of its 300 properties, including multi-unit complexes, single family homes, and duplexes. It doesn't stop there. At least eight other Davis apartment complexes currently restrict smoking in at least 50 percent of individual units according to the Smoke-free Apartments Project of the Yolo County Health Department.
"We decided to go smoke-free because we value the health and safety of our residents," says Rebecca King owner of King Properties.
A 2004 poll of Davis residents showed that 84 percent of people felt that smoking restrictions should be in place in shared housing complexes.
In addition, 70 percent supported completely smoke-free shared housing complexes. In the past year, at least eight other Davis complexes have made some or all of their units smoke-free including Americana Arms, Camellia Apartments, Davis Townhouse Apartments, Lexington Apartments, Pepperwood Apartments, Redwood Tree Apartments, Russell Park Apartments, and University Village Apartments.
4/10: The Walla Walla Housing Authority on March 17th adopted a smoke-free policy for all its 300 units of public and affordable housing for elderly, disabled, and families. The policy grandfathers existing residents who are smokers for about 6 months or until lease renewal. As a result, all the units will be smoke-free by around fall of 2008. SFELP's very pleased to have been able to share information last June on the adoption of smoke-free policies in public housing with the folks at the Walla Walla Housing Authority, as well as with another eastern Washington housing authority, where they are planning to also adopt a smoke-free policy in the not too distant future. To the best of our knowledge, as of the end of March, 2008, at least 72 local housing authorities had adopted smoke-free policies for some or all of their apartment buildings, with about 58 being adopted in the last 39 months; an average of 1.5 per month. States with such policies include Michigan (25), Maine (14), Minnesota (11), Washington (5), California (4 - 5), Nebraska (3), New Hampshire (3), Wisconsin, Oregon, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Indiana and New Jersey. These policies have been adopted because of the serious health threat posed by secondhand smoke that seeps into adjoining units and for fire safety reasons, as well as to reduce maintenance costs caused by cigarette smoke and burns. Like many private landlords, many housing authorities now view smoke-free policies as amenities which are a positive marketing tool. To access SFELP's listing of all the housing authorities they know of with smoke-free policies, in pdf format, click above.
owner sues to stop neighbor's smoking
Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette, 2008-04-09
Jennifer Hemmingsen The Gazette
A condo owner here is suing her association because she says they won't stop her neighbor from smoking.
Martha Carvour, of 2873 Coral Ct., Apt. 301, Coralville, said her downstairs neighbor, whose name she didn't know, has been smoking in and outside his Blue Jay Ridge unit since he moved there in 2006, even though it's designated a non-smoking unit, according to the petition in equity filed Tuesday afternoon in Johnson County District Court.
The smell of smoke has since infiltrated her apartment, Carvour says in the petition, even though she "purchased air filters, opened windows, and reduced her use of her heating system, in an effort to prevent the smoke from entering".
The petition says Carvour has suffered health problems and property damage because of her neighbor's smoking, and has lost the "comfortable use and enjoyment" of her home.
apartment managers adopt smoke-free policies
April 9, 2008
The following is from an Oakland [Michigan] Business Review article: In 2007, Farmington Hills-based Village Green Companies took a step toward smoke-free living in its apartment communities. It banned smoking in all common areas, such as laundry rooms, activity and community rooms, lobbies and hallways. And for now, despite the best efforts of Ann Arbor-based Smoke-Free Environments Law Project (SFELP), that's as far as they're going in the direction of a smoking ban. And Village Green is not alone. Though many housing authorities throughout the state are making some rental housing - mainly senior citizen and low-income apartments - smoke-free, most traditional large property owners are leaving the door open for personal choices behind closed doors. "As far as Village Green is concerned, we give residents the choice to smoke or not smoke within their homes," said Andrea Roebker, Village Green director of public relations. Village Green has 36 apartment communities - totaling 8,500 units - in Southeast Michigan, and 130 communities in the Midwest. "A lot of that has to do with the fact that we care for our residents, and we want to look after the health of our non-smoking residents. But also, if you are smoking in a lobby, the concierge who works there doesn't have a choice to breathe that air or not," she said. "We wanted to look after the health of our employees, while allowing for choice behind closed doors." But Jim Bergman, director of SFELP, said an increasing number of apartment owners and managers are adopting smoke-free policies in their apartment units. The project started 10 years ago and just in the last year has gained popularity and momentum, he said. "The first question apartment owners and managers ask is: Is it legal for us to prohibit smoking in our apartments? Once they found out it is, they have seen the economic reasons for doing so," Bergman said. "There is a huge market for smoke-free apartments and condos. Only 20 percent of adults smoke. That means that 80 percent of adult don't smoke, and that's not even including the children. From a marketing point of view, being smoke-free is big." There's also a tremendous cost savings in prohibiting smoking, he added. "The cost difference when you turn over a smoker's apartment and a non-smoker's apartment is between $2,000 and $6,000, when you add up all the things that have to be replaced like carpeting and sometimes even countertops," Bergman said. "There are fans in the bathroom that have to be thoroughly cleaned when a smoker leaves an apartment. Walls have to be washed down two or three times and you have to paint twice.
County groups promote smoke-free housing
MARISSA HARSHMAN, email@example.com
News-Review, April 2, 2008
A handful of organizations around town is attempting to clean up the air inside Douglas County homes.
In January, the Roseburg City Council adjusted the citys Land Use Development Ordinance to allow downtown business owners to use their buildings upper floors for residential space without having to obtain a permit.
At the same time, the Historic Resource Review Commission stepped forward with a proposal for the council: Dont just encourage business owners to provide housing, encourage them to provide smoke-free housing. The council agreed and adopted a resolution in January that promotes smoke-free policies in the shared buildings, said Fred Alley, Roseburg community development director.
In Roseburg, we are a little bit behind other communities, Alley said. Lots of communities are already smoke-free. ...
estate companies making it tougher for smokers in their homes
New York Daily News, March 30, 2008
City real estate companies are jumping on the anti-tobacco bandwagon with new policies that prohibit tenants from lighting up behind their own doors. ...
City health officials do not have specific data on how many residential buildings have official smoking bans, but real estate experts say a national movement has sprung up around creating smoke-free homes.
"We're going with the times, with the city doing the bans with bars," said David Iwanier, Pan Am Equities' vice president. "We are considerate of everybody's needs, as well as [the need to] to compete with the marketplace."
Manhattan real estate manager Jeff Lamb said most of the roughly 30 co-ops and condos he handles have banned smoking or are in the process of adopting no-smoking house rules.
That means the co-op boards can deny new applicants if they're smokers, or require existing owners who smoke to ventilate their apartments or plug holes to protect their neighbors.
The trend began shortly after a Manhattan Civil Court judge ruled in 2006 that secondhand smoke exposure violates residents' warrant of habitability, Lamb said.
Prometheus Real Estate Group has implemented a non-smoking policy for all its new multi-family development communities. The company is among the first leading apartment owners to implement the policy in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"100% of Prometheus' new development communities will be non-smoking in the future," said Rod Standard, Senior Vice President of Property Management Services. "We certainly hope that this trend will catch on and we will see widespread adoption of non-smoking policies."
In the San Francisco Bay Area, Prometheus Real Estate Group has implemented smoke-free communities at 550 Moreland, a new 430-unit multi-family project in Santa Clara and the Icon at Doyle and Icon at Park, 81 units in Emeryville. Also smoke-free is the new 123-unit luxury community 128 on State in Kirkland, Washington
The policy bans smoking inside apartment units and common areas, including balconies and patios, and within 25 feet of the building. Prospective residents must sign a no-smoking agreement upon leasing a unit and will be responsible for enforcing the policy within their apartments.
to live here? Not if you smoke
Health Concerns and Financial Perks Lead a Growing Number of Rental properties to Ban Those Who Light Up
The Florida Times-Union, November 17, 2007
No smoking will be allowed in the building, even if renters want to light up in their own apartments.
That policy excludes some potential renters. About 21 percent of adult Americans smoke, according to a report released this month by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But more landlords are opting for no-smoking policies, said Franklin McDaniel of Atkinson Realty Group, which is marketing the 20 West Adams Street building. He said in the five years since Florida snuffed out smoking in restaurants, he's seen steady growth in smoking bans at rental properties, particularly single-family homes, duplexes and fourplexes.
"It used to be that people didn't care one way or the other," he said. "But since you had smoking bans take place in the workplace, now it's moving to the residential."
Last month, the California city of Belmont broke new ground in the nonsmoking movement when it approved a law making smoking illegal in condominiums and apartments.
Management Implements No-Smoking Policy for 8000 Multifamily Apartments
Multi-Housing News, NY - August 21, 2007
Guardian Management LLC, a Portland, Ore.-based real estate investment and management firm specializing in multifamily housing investment opportunities and property management services, has employed a no-smoking policy for about 8,000 of its market-rate and affordable apartments, Keith Metz-Porozni, spokesperson for the company, tells MHN.
The policy, which will be applied gradually, will apply to all new residents beginning Sept. 1. Existing residents, though encouraged to voluntarily comply with the new policy, will be exempt from the policy until January 2008, when all of the units will become smoke-free.
have successful implemented no-smoking policies in several of our new properties,
and we have found that residents appreciate the amenity," says Tom Brenneke,
owner and president of Guardian Management LLC. "In addition to the health
benefits of a smoke-free environment, we can provide residents with cleaner, better
maintained units and a reduced fire risk."