Smokefree Housing News

Ask Real Estate: When Smoke Gets in Your Apartment
Marijuana Smoke and Air Pollution in New York City Apartments
New York Times - October 11, 2014

Q. I understand that secondhand smoke from cigarettes is increasingly banned in public places. But do the same rules apply to marijuana and to the secondhand smoke that moves from one apartment to another? Our landlord generally declines to follow up on complaints about pot, but are there ways to get the management to move under more general secondhand smoke regulations? Secondhand cigarette smoke is different from secondhand marijuana smoke, said Janet Ray Kalson, a lawyer who represents tenants. Secondhand cigarette smoke is an established health hazard, and marijuana smoke is not. ...


Study: Smoking ban in public housing saves Maine $1 million annually
Bangor Daily News - October10, 2014

Maine saves more than $1 million every year by banning smoking in public housing, according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....


Green Bay public housing goes smoke-free
Green Bay Press Gazette - October 9, 2014

Banning smoking at Mason Manor, he said, is a major safety advancement. ... The authority also has banned smoking in its other properties, including 34 scattered ... smokers have complained and some already been caught violating the ban, ...


Green Bay public housing complex bans smoking
WMTV - October 9, 2014

He says the Mason Manor smoking ban will improve residents' safety and health. ... The authority has also banned smoking in its single-family properties.


Nebraska Community To Discuss Home Smoking Ban
The Cigar Authority - October 9, 2014

This weekend, a town home community in Omaha, Nebraska will vote to ban smoking. If passed, a smoker will not be able to light up inside his own home.


Town Home Vote On Smoking Ban
WOWT - October 8, 2014

A heated debate is expected this weekend when an Omaha town home community votes on whether or not to ban smoking. It means a smoker could be fined...


CDC: Banning Smoking in Public Housing Could Save States Millions
Governing - October 8, 2014

Now, more public agencies are prohibiting smoking in places where people live ... according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF)...


"Help us to remove that risk:" MPD promoting smoke-free housing in ...
fox6now.com - October 7, 2014

It's called the "Clear Gains" initiative, and it's part of a statewide campaign to promote smoke free living in apartment buildings. Members of the fire department ...


Milwaukee Fire Dept. encourages people to stop smoking in homes
WISN Milwaukee - October 7, 2014

THE DEPARTMENT IS TEAMING UP WITH THE TOBACCO FREE ALLIANCE TO ENCOURAGE LANDLORDS TO PUT PROVISIONS IN THEIR LEASES TO ...


Winooski Housing Authority goes Tobacco-free
vtdigger.org - October 7, 2014

On November 1, the authority will implement a tobacco-free policy to safeguard the health of its residents. The tobacco-free policy covers all units. Wendy Sweet ...


Smoking ban in public housing saves millions of dollars
WSMV Nashville - October 7, 2014

"Already, over 500 public housing agencies have adopted some form of a smoke free policy, protecting approximately 200,000 families," Matthew Ammon with ...


Harvard University awarded HUD funding to evaluate smoke-free ...
Wicked Local - October 6, 2014

The study will assess a comprehensive smoking ban in 52 multi-family properties offering affordable housing in six states and compare an enhanced, low-cost ...


Smoking in public housing costs $497 million a year, CDC says
Columbus Dispatch - October 6, 2014

Smoking is expensive, and not just for smokers: The costs associated with the habit in subsidized housing approach nearly half a billion dollars annually.


Allegheny County Housing Authority bans smoking at five sites
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - October 3, 2014

Five sites managed by the Allegheny County Housing Authority have banned smoking on site, the county announced today. A total of 330 units were designated ...


Smoke-Free Subsidized Housing Could Save Nearly $500 Million
HealthDay [HealthScout] - October 2, 2014

Making all government-subsidized housing in the United States smoke-free could save nearly half a billion dollars a year in health care and housing-related costs, a new study indicates.


National and State Cost Savings Associated With Prohibiting Smoking in Subsidized and Public Housing in the United States
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - October 2, 2014

...prohibiting smoking in all US subsidized housing, including public housing, could yield annual cost savings of nearly a half billion dollars from averted secondhand smoke-related health care, renovation of units in which smoking has occurred, and smoking-


County's public housing units are going smoke-free
Albuquerque Journal - October 2, 2014

Bernalillo County and the American Lung Association are proud to partner on promoting smoke-free public housing in Bernalillo County. The Bernalillo County Housing Department manages 75 public housing units at two locations in the South Valley, including 54 units for the elderly and 21 for the disabled.


Tenant troubles for a woman in Baldwinsville over smoking [VIDEO]
CNYcentral.com - October 2, 2014

BALDWINSVILLE -- Sheila Camp moved to the Village Green apartments in Baldwinsville with her 14-year-old daughter four years ago. Trying to protect her daughter who has asthma, she says she was promised a smoke-free unit. But after a few years, she says smokers started moving in, and secondhand smoke started drifting into her apartment. "She complains of not being able to breathe. So, it's a big concern for me. I want to protect her as best as I can," says Camp. She did some digging and found under the Federal Fair Housing Act, her daughter's asthma qualifies as a medical condition. This means she can request a change in the complex's rules. "I went back to the apartment complex, asking for reasonable accommodations stated that I would furnish a letter and a medical document. And, I was told once I did that they would terminate my lease," says


Almost $500 Million Could be Saved Annually by Making Subsidized Housing Smokefree
HealthNewsDigest.com - October 1, 2014

The total cost saved comprises of about $310 million in secondhand smoke-related health care, $134 million in renovation expenses, and $53 million in ...


Smoke-free housing policy is commended
Imperial Valley Press - September 25, 2014

Our leaders must do all they can to protect the well-being of their residents, and can start by expanding their smoke-free policies to protect people where they ...


Waltham Voices: To smoke or not to smoke (Part 1)
Wicked Local Waltham - September 24, 2014

While I'm not aware if this non-smoking policy exists now or is intended to exist in other rental properties in Waltham, the entire matter is active in many ...


Smoke-free housing policy is commended
Imperial Valley Press - September 23, 2014

Our leaders must do all they can to protect the well-being of their residents, and can start by expanding their smoke-free policies to protect people where they ...


Debate rages again on smoking in apartments
OC Register - September 23, 2014

ALISO VIEJO - The creation of a No Smoking Ad Hoc Committee earlier this year ... cities that had implemented no-smoking ordinances in multiunit housing and took ... The city also estimated that a new ordinance would require more code ...


Bid to ban smoking in common areas of buildings
New York Post - September 23, 2014

Vacca's bill came before the council last year, but was not voted on because the council became preoccupied with a debate over e-cigarettes, he said.


Councilman wants to expand residential smoking ban
Capital New York - September 22, 2014

Smoking would be banned in lobbies and other common areas of residential buildings with fewer than 10 units, under a bill City Councilman James Vacca will ...


Some Manatee apartment buildings, condos going smoke-free
Bradenton Herald - September 22, 2014

...The search wasn't as easy as he thought it would be. There are roughly seven apartment and condos in Manatee County that have followed a current national trend and gone either completely or partially smoke-free so occupants won't have to breathe in ...


UTHealth Researchers Study Impact of Smoking Ban in Homeless ...
Newswise (press release) - September 22, 2014

Instituting a partial smoking ban at a homeless shelter can lead to a reduction in expired carbon monoxide levels, ...


Smoking Ban at Shelter Homes Encourages Quitting the Habit
Headlines & Global News - September 22, 2014

A smoking ban at homeless shelter is successful in helping residents quit smoking to a certain extent, according to a new study by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.


Smoking Study Looking for Evansville Residents
Tristatehomepage.com - September 18, 2014

The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute, will examines the effects secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing, like apartment buildings, ...


Health Department finds more people looking for smoke-free homes
Radio Iowa - September 15, 2014

State health officials say the demand for smoke-free housing is increasing in the state. Sieglinde Prior oversees the Smoke-Free Housing Registry for the Iowa ...


Smoke-free housing catching on in Dubuque
Dubuque Telegraph Herald - September 13, 2014

Landlords and tenants throughout Iowa are beginning to embrace the concept of smoke-free housing and property owners in Dubuque are no exception.


Demand for smoke-free housing grows
Tama News-Herald - Toledo Chronicle - September 12, 2014

The demand as well as the supply for smoke-free rental properties appears to be growing in Iowa. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Smoke-Free Housing Registry, 319 properties are now listed.


Capitol Digest
Mason City Globe - September 11, 2014

SMOKE-FREE HOUSING: The supply and the demand for smoke-free rental properties appears to be growing in Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of ...


Landlord workshop tackles marijuana issues
The Columbian - September 11, 2014

Can they ban recreational marijuana use in their units? Do smoke-free policies cover marijuana use? And what about marijuana used for medicinal purposes?


Demand for Smoke-Free Housing Increases
KGAN - September 9, 2014

Now, 319 properties are listed on its smoke-free housing registry. They include rental complexes which have at least one building that's 100 percent smoke-free.


UW Study: Veterans Lag Behind in Adopting Smoke-Free Home Rules
HealthCanal.com - September 9, 2014

Smoke-free home rules are policies adopted by household members or landlords that restrict or ban cigarette smoking inside the home. According to the report ...


Research supports case for smoke-free buildings
Reuters - September 8, 2014

Apartment dwellers who don't smoke still can't escape secondhand smoke completely, but in smoke-free buildings, exposure to the tiny particles in cigarette smoke may be cut by half or more, according to a new study. Researchers in Boston monitored ...


Gibsonville Aldermen focus on apartments for elderly
Burlington Times News - September 8, 2014

The board voted in favor of a no-smoking policy within the apartments, with exception to the current residents who smoke, and heard maintenance concerns from ...


Smoking prohibited in more than 80 percent of U.S. homes, CDC says
Science Recorder - September 5, 2014

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a study on September 4 revealing a historically low amount of smoke-free homes across the country. Americans for Nonsmokers Rights describes the specific smoking ban laws on a state-by-state basis.


Smoke-free building policies cut indoor exposure, study finds
Fox News - September 5, 2014

Researchers in Boston monitored indoor air at public housing projects transitioning to a smoke-free policy and tracked tobacco smoke as it traveled to adjacent apartments and down common hallways. If people ever make an attempt at smoke-free housing, this is sort of the perfect environment to do so, Dr. Elizabeth Russo, lead author of the study, told Reuters Health in a phone interview. Theres just higher asthma rates and (rates of) other health conditions in public housing than non-public housing...


Smoke-Free Homes Now the Overwhelming Norm, Even in Tobacco ...
AJMC.com Managed Markets Network - September 5, 2014

Growing up in a smoke-free home is now the overwhelming norm for most Americans, with the share of smoke-free homes nearly doubling in the 20 years that ended in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today in a new study. Overall, the prevalence of smoke-free home rules increased from 43 percent during 19921993 to 83 percent during 20102011, according to the study, which appears in todays Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, published by CDC. ...


More US Households Smoke-free, Study Says
Newsmax.com - September 4, 2014

With smoking bans increasingly common at bars, restaurants and in private ... Roughly half of U.S. residents are now covered by laws that ban smoking in public ...


WHOOPI ON WEED
New York Daily News - September 3, 2014

If some apartment buildings restrict people from smoking tobacco because of secondhand smoke and smell, why is it OK to smoke pot, especially in buildings ...


Smokers challenge change in rules in Northbridge senior housing complex
Worcester Telegram - August 29, 2014

NORTHBRIDGE A Whitinsville couple appeared in Worcester Housing Court Thursday to fight an eviction from the Linwood Mill senior affordable housing complex, claiming the property managers changed the rules to prohibit smoking after the longtime smokers moved in more than a year ago. Elizabeth G. McCaffrey, 81, and her husband, Richard J. McCaffrey, 78, stated in their affidavits that they sold their home in Warwick, Rhode Island, to move into Linwood Mill in December 2012. They relied on an advertisement that said smokers were welcome as part of their decision to move there.


Palm Desert considers smoking ban in affordable housing
The Desert Sun - August 27, 2014

Palm Desert already has a smoke-free policy on its city-owned property, but no designated smoke-free apartments to offer applicants who request them, Moore ...


Santa Rosa moves toward tighter restrictions on secondhand smoke
Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat - August 26, 2014

Smoking tobacco, marijuana and even electronic cigarettes in apartments, condominiums and most public places would be banned in Santa Rosa under a sweeping expansion of the city's anti-smoking laws supported by the City Council on Tuesday.


Apartments snuff out smoking
Daytona Beach News-Journal - August 25, 2014

As the number of smokers decline, more complexes are snuffing out tobacco, and many are marketing their clean air as an amenity. The health department is encouraging landlords to ban smoking, sending out public health workers to provide sample policies a...


El Cerrito condo project approved by council majority
San Jose Mercury News - August 20, 2014

The council also unanimously approved a new ordinance that would ban smoking in parks, playgrounds and sports fields, public sidewalks and all public events ...


Protecting foster children from secondhand smoke
Southernminn.com - July 30, 2014

I am pleased that in the last legislative session, our state legislators agreed to require foster homes in Minnesota to be smoke-free. It just makes sense that all ...


Homeowner agreements can ban pot
Las Vegas Review-Journal - July 27, 2014

Though a few HOAs have willingly changed their rules to accommodate for legal marijuana use or home-growing, many more are banning home pot smoking.


Smoke signals: Condo neighbors try to resolve second-hand smoke issue
Wicked Local Wareham - July 27, 2014

The right to smoke versus the right to clean air was up for debate during the July 16 Board of Health meeting. Wareham Health Agent Bob Ethier said he received complaints from Donna Shannon, who lives in the Bayside Condominiums in Onset, because she was having a problem with smoke wafting into her condo unit from the adjacent unit where her neighbor, Geoffrey Kirpa, lives.


Pot may be legal in some cities, but homeowner agreements can ban
News Courier - July 25, 2014

Though a few HOAs have willingly changed their rules to accommodate for legal marijuana use or home-growing, many more are banning home pot smoking.


Artesia Tony Mayor Lima Slams Proposed Smoking Ban at Condos ...
Los Cerritos News - July 25, 2014

“Half of people in the Portuguese Hall for instance do smoke. Putting ... Sally Flowers supported the new smoking restrictions in Artesia apartments and condos.


Letter: Public housing not what many think
Auburn Citizen - July 23, 2014

The Auburn Housing Authority was recently the focus of a great deal of press coverage due to its decision to ban indoor smoking in public housing units.


City moves ahead with smoking ban — partly: Foster City Council postpones decisions on restaurant and apartments
San Mateo (CA) Daily Journal - July 23, 2014

After months of debate over how to protect the public in Foster City from secondhand smoke, the City Council voted 3-2 Monday to set aside two controversial aspects to move forward with updating its smoking ordinance. ...


Pot and apartments: clear restrictions, hazy realities
The Columbian - July 21, 2014

...But banning "smoking" still doesn't cover consuming tobacco or marijuana in other ways. ... Vaporizers "are not regulated by the state smoking ban," she ...


Lawrence health advocates promoting smoke-free housing
Lawrence Journal World - July 19, 2014

The city of Lawrence has no ban on smoking in multi-unit housing complexes. While some rental properties restrict smoking, they make up a small percentage of ...


Smoke-free housing becoming more popular
Daily Commercial - July 17, 2014

Across the state, there are more than 500 smoke-free multiunit housing properties and 73,000 smoke-free units, Paul Butler, the health department's public ...


Reduce second-hand smoke in public housing
Catskill Daily Mail - July 16, 2014

For more information on smoke-free housing visit www.smokefreehousingny.org or contact Rip Van Winkle Tobacco-Free Action of Columbia and Greene ...


Ban smoking in apartments: Santa Clara County cities should join the trend
San Jose Mercury News - July 14, 2014

With about 82 percent of adults in the U.S. being non-smokers, this policy actually can help landlords. Non-smoking tenants can enjoy clean-air dwellings and ...


The Sound of Waves Gives Way to Horns / An East Harlem Apartment With Views of Central Park
New York Times - July 10, 2014

Worse was the pervasive smell of cigarette smoke. It was unclear whether it came from the departed tenants, others in the building or the on-site construction workers. Regardless, Mr. Boyack said, “I have young kids. I am in the health care industry, and...


Syracuse Housing Authority easing tenants into going smokeless
The Post-Standard - July 8, 2014

Syracuse, NY - The Syracuse Housing Authority plans to ease the residents of its 2,600 apartments into a smoke-free home.


Auburn Housing Authority bans smoking in public housing units
WRVO Public Media - July 8, 2014

There will be no more smoking inside apartments operated by the Auburn Housing Authority. Auburn Housing Authority Director Stephanie Hutchinson says the idea for the smoking ban began when non-smokers started speaking up.


Westport Housing Authority goes smoke-free
SouthCoastToday.com - July 3, 2014

WESTPORT The Westport Housing Authority recently introduced a new policy to its residents, making its property at 666 State Road smoke-free as of June 15.


More multifamily residences adopt smoke-free policy
Historic City News - July 2, 2014

John Eaton, Chair of the Tobacco Free St. Johns partnership, reported to local Historic City News reporters in St Augustine, that policies designed to protect residents from secondhand smoke and smoking-related fires are making their way to St Johns County.


At last, Minnesota's foster kids will be protected from secondhand smoke
MinnPost.com - July 1, 2014

Two years ago, I wrote in MinnPost about a bill I had introduced in the Legislature proposing to make Minnesotas foster homes smoke-free. Its been a long road, but Im very pleased to report that, beginning this month, all Minnesota children in foster care will be protected from secondhand smoke at home.


Millhouses of Adams joins trend of smoke-free apartment complexes
Berkshire Eagle - July 1, 2014

ADAMS -- The 98-unit Millhouses of Adams apartment complex on Commercial Street has joined a growing movement in Berkshire County by going "smoke-free ...


Ask Real Estate Neighbors Acting Like Frat Brothers: Questions About Noise, Tobacco Odor and Stolen Newspapers
New York Times- June 29, 2014

Selling With a Smoker Next Door Q. My husband and I have a neighbor in our co-op building who is a heavy smoker, and the smell is very noticeable in the hallway. Then ask, as politely as possible, if your neighbor would mind opening a window if he or she happens to be home and smoking during the hours of the open house. Most smokers, if you approach them like a rational person, they understand and are appreciative that you have not treated them like a pariah and gone on the attack, said Thomas P. Farley, a manners and etiquette expert.


County lauds smoke-free housing providers
Red Bluff Daily News - June 27, 2014

Tehama County Health Services Agency - Public Health Division's Tobacco Education Program congratulates Vista Ridge, Meadow Vista, Kimball Crossing, Tehama Estates, Cabernet, Creekside, Citrus Heights, Palm Royale and Solado Orchard Apartments for protecting their tenants from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke.


Fresno apartments go smoke-free
Fresno Business Journal - June 26, 2014

Two Fresno multi-unit housing complexes have adopted smoke-free policies. New no-smoking rules at Masten Towers at 1240 Broadway St., and Campus ... The survey found significant problems with secondhand smoke exposure in ...


Residential buildings urged to become smoke-free
TCPalm - June 26, 2014

The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie is encouraging owners of local residential buildings to go smoke-free because smoke-free policies can protect residents from secondhand smoke and smoking-related fires.


Clermont housing complex joins growing number of smoke-free ...
Orlando Sentinel - June 25, 2014

CLERMONT Hunters Trace, a multiunit housing development in Clermont, is among six housing developments in Lake County that are going smoke-free. The six residential properties in Lake County have agreed to implement smoke-free policies, joining a growing list of smoke-free properties in the Central Florida region, noted the Lake County Board of Commissioners. Having a 100 percent Smoking free policy has not hurt my ability to lease out my apartments if anything it has made them more attractive, Montgomery said.


Florida Department of Health in Seminole County encourages local residential buildings to go smoke-free
Mysanfordherald - June 25, 2014

Smoke-free multi-unit housing, a growing trend throughout the country, is making its way to Florida. Across the state, there are more than 500 smoke-free multi-unit housing properties and 73,000 smoke-free units. Two residential properties in nearby Oviedo and Sanford have already implemented smoking-free policies. In one Florida survey of 421 managers of smoke-free properties, 99.5 percent of the managers agreed that smoke-free policies do not hurt occupancy and 30.1 percent believed that they increased occupancy.


Learn About Implementing Smoke-Free Housing Policies
KELO AM-FM - June 25, 2014

What: A Breath of Fresh Air Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Workshop When: Thursday, June 26, 2014, from 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. (program begins at 12 noon) Tobacco use continues to be the number one preventable cause of death. Smoking in multi-unit housing properties raises risk for fire and other damage, as well ...


The de Blasio administration should study ways to require that all new or preserved units of affordable housing be smoke free
The presence of secondhand smoke significantly impacts the health and quality of life of those who are exposed to cigarette smoke
New York Daily News - June 23, 2014

... Today, smoking continues to be the largest cause of preventable disease and death nationwide. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development fully supported measures to create smoke-free dwellings in housing authorities nationwide on the basis of protecting public health. It is a fact that in multi-unit dwellings, nonsmoking tenants are still exposed to the risk of secondhand smoke in spite of windows and increased ventilation. The presence of second and recently discovered third-hand smoke (nicotine compounds left on surfaces such as furniture, dust and walls long after the use of a cigarette indoors), significantly impacts the health and quality of life of those who are exposed to cigarette smoke.


Support smoke-free housing
TimesLedger - June 23, 2014

On June 9, Community Board 7 passed a resolution that originated in the CB 7 Health Committee that encouraged owners and landlords of new, multi-family housing to create smoke-free housing units and to establish a smoke-free environment in the developments wherever possible. I proposed this resolution to the committee after CB 2 in Staten Island took a similar step several months ago. I commend those who supported the resolution at the full board meeting and to those who thought the resolution did not go far enough in making the public health statement that every city resident has the right to breathe smoke-free air where they reside. Smoke-free multiple housing is the way of the future and is becoming commonplace in other parts of the country.


Survey shows tenants want protection from secondhand smoke
Merced Sun-Star - June 21, 2014

Tenants in Merced County want more protections from secondhand smoke in multiunit housing, according to a recent survey by the American Lung Association.


Secondhand smoke problematic for apartment residents
Calaveras Enterprise - June 20, 2014

Most residents of apartments in Calaveras County dont want their fellow tenants lighting up. Thats the message from a survey recently released by the countys Public Health Services department, which partnered with the Tuolumne Countys health department to release the survey results. Drifting secondhand smoke is a real health hazard, said Dr. Dean Kelaita, the Calaveras County health officer. This survey shows that residents across our ...


Cigarette Smokers Kill Condo Smoking Ban with Less than 25% of the Vote
Habitat magazine - June 20, 2014

The smokers were outvoted by more than two to one yet because the vote to ban smoking at The Vaux Condominium didn't reach the required 2/3 supermajority, the 48.85 vs. 23.68 tally means that less than a quarter of the voting residents get to dictate their "right" to a spread carcinogenic smoke throughout a closed environment.


Geneva Housing Authority to mull smoking ban
Finger Lakes Times - June 18, 2014

GENEVA Should tenants living in public housing be allowed to smoke in their apartments or units? The Geneva Housing Authority's management and tenants will debate that question during the coming year before a decision is made.


Windsor Green community to go smoke free [VIDEO]
WPDE - June 16, 2014

The Windsor Green community in Carolina Forest, which suffered a devastating fire in March of 2013, has decided to become a smoke-free community, citing fire-safety and health concerns for residents. According to a release sent out by the Windsor Green Board of Directors, on July 1 the community will be smoke-free except in designated smoking areas in front of the clubhouse, near the pool and the two grill areas.


Motion to Ban Smoking Fails in Upper West Side Building
Curbed NY - June 14, 2014

After a long, grueling battle over a possible smoking ban in the Upper West Side's Vaux building, the smokers have emerged victorious, after the pro-ban contingent of the building's condo board failed to produce the necessary votes. When we last visited 372 Central Park West, the residents were gearing up for a fight, even inviting the so-called Peace Institute of New York to help mediate the situation. But now the results are in, and according to the Observer, a vote earlier this week yielded 198 ballots in favor of the ban and 94 opposed. In order to alter the condo by laws, the pro-ban people would have needed a two-thirds majority consisting of all unit owners.


Smoke-free apartment living attracts Tampa renters
WTSP 10 News - June 12, 2014

It may not surprise you that apartment buildings have banned smoking inside their buildings but rental managers are starting to prohibit smoking outside, too…


Survey finds concerns over secondhand smoke
Porterville Recorder - June 12, 2014

A new survey of Tulare County tenants shows support for more protections from secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing, the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday…


Easthampton Health Department encourages landlords to make residential properties smoke-free
GazetteNET - June 11, 2014

The Easthampton Health Department, with support from a new tobacco prevention initiative, aims to encourage landlords in the city to make their residential properties smoke-free. Mandel said similar seminars in Northampton have effectively communicated to landlords data to support going smoke-free. A 2009 survey by the Massachusetts Smoke-Free Housing Project found 99 percent of landlords who instituted a smoke-free rule felt it was a good decision and 90 percent said it was easy to implement…


Smoke-free listings take off in NYC
The Real Deal Magazine (blog) - June 7, 2014

In 2008, there was just one New York City rental listing in a “smoke-free” building and zero sales listings.


County Housing Authority adopts smoke-free policy
Sawyer County Record - June 6, 2014

Sawyer County Housing Authority, which manages 48 multi-family housing units in Sawyer County, began implementing a smoke-free policy in all units on June ...


Cass foster homes must now be smoke-free
Brainerd Daily Dispatch - June 5, 2014

WALKER — Cass County commissioners on Tuesday approved after lengthy discussion a policy to prohibit the use of any lighted or heated tobacco product, ...


Gallery Bethesda Hopes To Introduce Luxury To Woodmont Triangle
Bethesda Now - June 5, 2014

It's also Bethesda's first 100 percent smoke-free apartment. Brad Marson, executive vice president of Vantage Management, said that novelty has helped the ...


Bethesda's first smoke-free apartment building opens Thursday
Washington Business Journal - June 5, 2014

Gallery Bethesda, at 4800 Auburn Avenue, marked its grand opening Thursday. The apartment tower is part of Donahoe Companies Inc.'s 580,000 square-foot ...


Smoke-Free Multi-Housing Programs Around the ... - Live Smoke Free
Live Smoke Free - June 2014

The purpose of this directory is to assist those working on smoke-free multi-housing in connecting better with each other and each other's services….ANNR: We provide resources and assistance to residents and housing providers around the country who are dealing with issues of drifting secondhand smoke and/or want to make their buildings smokefree; help increase connectivity between smokefree housing and the broader smokefree movement; and respond to inquiries from the public, media, and policymakers on the issue.


RHA Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect
23 WIFR CBS (Rockford, IL) – May 31, 2014

Starting Saturday, those who live at Rockford Housing Authority properties will have to do the same, though some renters think this new rule goes a little too far. If Cynthia Jones wants to smoke a cigarette, she has to leave her apartment at Brewington ...


NYC's First Modular Multi-Story Property Opens to Renters
Multi-Housing News - May 30, 2014

Building amenities in the smoke-free property include a virtual doorman, private storage, bicycle storage, on-site laundry room and common outdoor landscaped ...


Ask Real Estate: Following the Smoke / Trail Advice on Smells, Noises and Raising the Rent
New York Times – May 30, 2014

The next time you smell it, step outside your door to see if you notice anything, or call the superintendent immediately and have him try to trace it while it’s fresh. The board could hire a forensic engineer to investigate how smoke travels through ...


City public-housing smoking under fire
Frederick News-Post May 28, 2014

Some smokers and personal rights advocates would argue that forbidding someone from smoking in his or her own living quarters is unfair, unnecessary and yet another manifestation of a nanny society. Not everyone is happy about this development, but we think its fair and reasonable. So does the group Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, whose website addresses this very issue: The secondhand smoke from even one tenant smoking indoors can drift into multiple other units and cause health problems and reduced quality of life for other residents. ... A smokefree building is in the best interest of both tenants and landlords. The ANR site goes on to state that many rental housing facilities are adopting smokefree policies to not only protect the health of the tenants, but also to save money by reducing maintenance and turnover costs, and reduce the risk of fire. The ANR website outlines a course of action for apartment dwellers of all kinds who would like their buildings to be smoke-free. If that includes you, go to bit.ly/1jX6oDb and find out how to proceed.


Smoking Ban at Public Housing Facilities
WHAG - May 28, 2014

"We're doing this on our own accord really for our health and well being of the children in the communities, for the air quality for our non-smokers and our senior ...


Frederick Bans Smoking Inside, Near Public Housing
Comcast SportsNet Baltimore - May 27, 2014

A plan to ban smoking in some Maryland homes in order to prevent fires and help children breathe easier raises debated about whether such a ban goes too far ...


Housing Authority exploring new policy on smoking on and near ...
Frederick News Post (subscription) - May 27, 2014

Cooley is president of the resident council of the Lincoln Apartments, a public housing community overseen by the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick. The organization is drafting a policy that would require residents to stand a certain distance from their homes while they are smoking cigarettes.


Ask Habitat: Can a Co-op Board Legally Institute a Smoking Ban?
Habitat magazine - May 26, 2014

Arthur Weinstein, an attorney in private practice who has successfully enacted smoking bans in New York, says that many co-ops already have restrictions in their proprietary leases against noxious odors and/or disturbing neighbors. That combined with recent court cases that say second-hand smoke is a violation of the warranty of habitability gives boards the right to prohibit smoking in a building. But only, insists Weinstein, if there is a complaint. This last point is key. According to the lawyer, if there is no complaint, under the house rules, there is no cause for action. But some lawyers disagree.


Foster City considers expanding smoking regulation to apartment units
San Francisco Examiner - May 25, 2014

Stricter anti-smoking regulations being considered in Foster City may prohibit residents from lighting up in their own apartments. The City Council sent an amended smoking ordinance proposal back to the drawing table Monday after recommending to expand restrictions on smoking on sidewalks inside multi-unit residential complexes to include all common areas and even the units themselves. "I do favor, because of the impact to others, a ban on smoking in multiunit dwellings. I think that those people are of lesser economic ways and means; they have lesser choices," said Councilman Herb Perez. "The last thing they should have to consider when they're renting that apartment is whether a smoker lives next door."


West Springfield Housing Authority to implement smoke-free policy
MassLive.com - May 22, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD - The Housing Authority will be initiating a new phased-in smoke-free policy for all its properties starting on July 1, which will ban smoking ..


In Vermont, tenants using medical marijuana clash with federal ...
Berkshire Eagle - May 22, 2014

The issue became cloudier after the housing authority enacted a May 1 ban on cigarette smoking at its Samuel Elliot and Hayes Court apartment complexes.


Vt. housing authority struggles with conflict of medical marijuana ...
The Mercury - May 22, 2014

The issue has become a little more cloudy after BHA recently voted to ban all smoking on housing authority properties. Smoking at the Samuel Elliot Apartments ...


Foster City wants to deter smoking
San Mateo Daily Journal - May 21, 2014

Smokers could soon be hard pressed to find a place to smoke in Foster City as the council went forward with strengthening its proposed new smoking ordinance at a meeting Monday night. The council instructed staff to update its draft to ban smoking in rental apartment buildings, on any city-owned property and increase the fines for disobeying the rule. The council will also consider expanding the buffer zone from any entryway into a public building and prohibiting smoking in commercial parking lots. ...


Merrill Housing Authority takes steps toward smoke-free housing
Merrillfotonews - May 21, 2014

Residents living in public housing facilities such as Park Place and Jenny Towers are greatly impacted by second-hand smoke because of the shared ventilation ...


City's public housing bans e-cigs
Titusville Herald - May 21, 2014

The Titusville Housing Authority at Tuesday's meeting at Central Towers amended their no-smoking policy to include e-cigarettes, effective July 1. The policy is effective for all Titusville Housing Authority (THA) property. "The American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association all recommend that if you have a smoke-free policy, you include e-cigarettes as well," she explained. "They also have not done a lot of studies on the vapor that's emitted from the e-cigarettes, as well, whether they're safe or not safe. "Wherever smoking is prohibited in THA property, e-cigarettes are also prohibited."...


Some residential buildings in Indian River County going smoke-free
TCPalm - May 20, 2014

VERO BEACH Smoke-free multi-unit housing, a growing trend throughout the country, has made its way to Indian River County. Several residential properties ...


Councilman calls for smoking ban in new affordable housing
Capital New York - May 13, 2014

Councilman Donovan Richards, who chairs the Council's environmental protection committee, is proposing a new ban on smoking inside the 200,000 units of affordable housing that Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to build and preserve throughout the city. The only way to protect nonsmokers from exposure to the toxins found in cigarettes within the confines of their homes is to create entirely smoke-free housing, Richards wrote in an as-yet unpublished op-ed, a copy of which was provided to Capital. Children exposed to the toxins found in cigarette smoke face further detriment to their quality of life, Richards wrote. They are more likely to develop ear and respiratory infections along with asthma-like symptoms that can have wider impacts on their ability to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Bridging the chasm between 'two cities' and addressing growing inequity must include an honest and open discussion on disparities in housing, health and standards of living, he said.


LHA units will go smoke-free
The Sun - May 11, 2014

The Lowell Housing Authority's 1,896 units will now be smoke-free, after the adoption of an anti-smoking policy on May 1. Intended to protect tenants from second-hand smoke, the smoke-free policy lines up with a push from state officials to ban smoking in all state-funded public housing.


Red Wing HRA housing to go smoke-free
Republican Eagle - May 8, 2014

Red Wing Housing Redevelopment Authority's public housing units and market-rate rental units will go smoke-free starting July 1, the HRA Board of ...


Big co-op goes smoke-free
Queens (NY) Chronicle - May 8, 2014

...a 300-unit building in the Hilltop Village Co-op complex has banned lighting up indoors. The move by Co-op #4 follows that of Co-op #1, which has 200 units. That means roughly 1,000 people in Hollis Hills will now live without secondhand smoke, the...


Lakeland Housing Authority to enforce smoking ban in public housing
Bay News 9 - May 8, 2014

The Lakeland Housing Authority is preparing to enforce a rule that bans smoking inside its homes and apartments. New residents and existing residents ...


KC could show nation how to make public housing smoke-free
Kansas City Star - May 7, 2014

That, put a little coldly, is part of the reality within the new nonsmoking rule for publicly owned units, including common areas. In the last five years, the waiting ...


If You're Poor, 'No Smoking in Public' Now Means You Can't Light Up At Home
Yahoo News - May 7, 2014

But the decision to ban smoking in public housing feels like a kissing cousin to ... on legal challenges to government housing smoking bans because smokers ...


Smoking ban angers Public Housing residents
The Grio - May 6, 2014

Now, on July 1, 2014, all Housing Authority properties must be smoke-free. We found that a smoker, his smoke does not stay in his unit or in the building, it goes ...


North Dakota's anti-tobacco agency spends big targeting smoking in apartments
Watchdog.org - May 5, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. Spending in North Dakota on so-called risky behavior programs is increasing more than 20 percent in the current biennium. One of the biggest spenders is the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, an entity of the state government created when voters approved a ballot measure in 2008.


Anger and praise after Kansas City decides to ban smoking in public housing by July 1
Associated Press - May 5, 2014

The Kansas City Housing Authority is drawing both praise and anger for its decision to ban smoking in all public housing, beginning July 1.


KC public housing units will soon go smoke-free, pleasing some residents and infuriating others
Lake Expo - May 5, 2014

The smoking ban initiative here was sparked, literally, by a July 2012 fire on the ninth floor of the 12-floor Brush Creek Towers, 1800 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. A resident on oxygen was smoking a cigarette, which flared and caused his apartment to catch fire. He wound up in the University of Kansas burn unit, Lowndes said, and although he survived, he didnt return to Brush Creek. His unit and another had fire damage, and six others had water damage that ultimately cost close to $250,000 to repair, Lowndes said. The Housing Authority realized smoking was a serious safety issue, as well as a health problem. It has also calculated that it costs an average of several thousand dollars to repair, clean and turn over a smokers unit, versus about $500 per unit for nonsmoking residents.


Kansas City Housing Authority's smoking ban adds to poor being targeted
Kansas City Star - May 5, 2014

The agency's board in April OK'd a smoke-free policy for its 1,700 residential units housing about 5,000 adults and children effective July 1. The smoking ban ...


Smoking ban by Kansas City Housing Authority makes good sense
Kansas City Star - May 5, 2014

The smoking ban for property overseen by the Kansas City Housing ... In addition, smoking bans have been shown to lead to lower rates of cigarette use.


Sacramento Apartment Complex to Go Smoke-Free
KTXL-TV FOX40 (Sacramento, CA) - May 2, 2014

The Lincoln Place apartment complex in Sacramento is giving up smoking - completely. Management cites the dangers of second-hand smoke, which can cause serious illness or death, as their reason. A smoke-free complex is attractive to some tenants.


Anti-tobacco advocates step up their efforts
Catskill Daily Mail - May 2, 2014

Inroads have also been made into ensuring that smoke-free housing is available to those who want it — the two counties now have 19 affordable housing ...


First day of smoking ban drives Manchester's housing residents ...
The Union Leader - May 1, 2014

Others said they should have the right to smoke in their own homes. All complained about ... “It just makes it very difficult when there's a single ventilation system...


Students drive smoke-free rental properties
WXOW.com - May 1, 2014

Some La Crosse landlords are changing their policies to create a healthier living environment by going smoke-free. The U.S. Surgeon General says there is no ...


ARHA Adopts Non-Smoking Policy
Virginia Connection News - May 1, 2014

Non-smoking or smoke-free policies in affordable housing is a national trend. More than 430 housing authorities nationwide have adopted smoke free policies of ...


Smoking ban starts in Manchester public housing
The Union Leader – April 30, 2014

MANCHESTER — A smoking ban starts today in all of the nearly 1,400 apartments under the control of the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority.


Cambridge Bans Smoking in Public Housing
WGBH NEWS - April 29, 2014

As health concerns have marginalized smoking as a public practice, many in public housing units no longer offer the option of smoking or nonsmoking ...


Is It OK To Smoke In Your Apartment Building Hallways?
Gothamist – April 29, 2014

Sign one reads "Stop smoking in the hallways please! ... Second-hand smoke, on the other hand, is a serious health threat, both in the short-term and long-term.


Smoking ban secondhand news in some housing units
Lowell Sun - April 29, 2014

A new push by the state to make public housing complexes smoke-free is old news to some housing authorities in the Lowell area. Gov. Deval Patrick's administration earlier this month released guidelines encouraging all of the state's local housing authorities to implement no-smoking policies in units that receive state funding.


Holmes County Department of Health is urging local residential ...
Holmes County Times Advertiser - April 29, 2014

BONIFAY Smoke-free multiunit housing, a growing trend throughout the country, is making its way to Florida. Across the state, there are more than 500 ...


HUD director should be fired over smoking granny case
Cincinnati.com - April 29, 2014

This is using a population base that was subject to thousands of times more exposure to secondhand smoke than anyone today would be, due to reduced ...


PHA Exploring Smoke-Free Housing
CIproud.com - April 28, 2014

Monday PHA heard the results of a survey given to residents at Sterling Towers. The Hult Center for Healthy Living led the study and says half of the residents ...


Annapolis Housing Authority smoking ban inflames residents
CapitalGazette.com - April 28, 2014

Smokers such as Watts living in Annapolis 790 public-housing units likely have only a few more days of worry-free smoking inside. The Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis approved a resolution on April 14 extending the inside smoking ban to all public housing properties.


Legislature set to OK ban on smoking in public housing ($$)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - April 28, 2014

A bill that would ban smoking in and around Hawaii Public Housing Authority units is headed for passage by the state Legislature. On Tuesday a House-Senate conference committee agreed on the measure


State halts no smoking ban at public housing
khon2.com - April 26, 2014

It's been a year since the state rolled out a smoking ban at public housing. Now it's halting that plan, leaving residents confused.


Up In Smoke: MA Officials Pushing To Make Public Housing Smoke ...
WGBH NEWS - April 24, 2014

And now, some people are being told they can't smoke in their own homes. ... across the country, including Boston, have banned indoor smoking, and Massachusetts officials are pushing to institute a similar ban in public housing statewide.


Snuffing out smoking in public housing in Massachusetts
Attleboro Sun Chronicle - April 23, 2014

Massachusetts is on the way to stubbing out smoking in public housing apartments. A bill pending in the House would require local housing authorities to designate at least one housing development as smoke-free.


Springfield Housing Authority director, residents reflect on year-old ...
MassLive.com - April 21, 2014

Smoking was banned in buildings two years ago and expanded outdoors last ... The smoking ban was added to residents' leases, and violations have led to ...


Woman would rather move than quit smoking
W*USA 9 - April 21, 2014

Toombs her friends call her Billie is 89 years old, and she is still smoking. For a woman smoking since the Roosevelt administration, she is remarkably healthy. But now she has a problem. A little more than a year ago, her apartment building in Milford went smoke-free. She had one year to quit, but she just could not do it. Or maybe she never tried. ...


Facing eviction, 89-year-old smoker plans to move
WDTN - April 21, 2014

MILFORD, Ohio (AP) — An 89-year-old southwest Ohio woman is preparing to move out of her home of the last 10 years because it has gone ...


Minn. advocates push for smoke-free foster homes
In-Forum - April 19, 2014

MOORHEAD Local advocates of smoke-free foster homes hope the Minnesota Legislature will make it law this year. A smoke-free foster care provision is ...


Binghamton Housing Authority Goes Smoke Free
WIVT/WBGH NewsChannel 34 (Binghamton, NY) - April 17, 2014

No smoking is allowed inside of apartments at the Carlisle and Saratoga housing complexes. Residents or visitors who want to smoke must now be 25 feet away from the buildings. A building at North Shore Towers is also smoke free. After three violations, ...


Corte Madera votes to ban smoking, e-cigarette use in multifamily housing units
Marin Independent Journal - April 16, 2014

Corte Madera has become the first Marin community to explicitly ban the use of e-cigarettes in multifamily housing units and public spaces. According to the nonprofit American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation in Berkeley, nearly 140 cities and counties in the United States have placed restrictions on e-smoking, including Fairfax, Mill Valley and Tiburon. All of these local ordinances don't specifically address e-cigarettes, but do reference "tobacco-like" products such as hookah or any other device containing tobacco.


HOA bans smoking at Naples condominium
(multiple names) - April 12, 2014

A Naples man is fuming after his HOA voted to ban smoking at the Laguna in Fiddler's Creek. ...


Hawaii Legislature shifts, leaves some bills dead
West Hawaii Today - April 12, 2014

SMOKING APPROVED: An attempt to ban smoking in and around public housing projects and low-income housing projects (HB 2577) died in the Senate.


Public housing resident faces eviction for smoking in Belleville ...
Belleville News Democrat - April 10, 2014

St. Clair County Housing Executive Director Dave Wagner said the intent of the policy is not to evict smokers, but to protect non-smokers from secondhand ...


OneEleven Loop Residential Tower Starts Pre-leasing Before July ...
DNAinfo - April 10, 2014

The smoke-free building is also pet friendly, with an on-site grooming center, indoor play area and outdoor dog run. "OneEleven is a symbol of Chicago's ...


Smoking Ban Coming to RHA Properties
WIFR - April 9, 2014

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The Rockford Housing Authority estimates 50-80% of its tenants smoke. Now, a new rule at RHA properties will limit where smokers light ...


Ban smoking in apartment complexes (Editor's Inbox)
Mason City Globe Gazette - April 9, 2014

The state, city and county need more no-smoking laws. You can't smoke now in restaurants, public places, stores, malls ... but we need to go one step further: We need to go no-smoking in apartment complexes. There's talk of this, I'm told, but action needs to be taken. Some new complexes are now no-smoking.


Students tackle real-life topics at City Hall visit
Daily Item - April 9, 2014

Public housing tenants will be asked their opinions on banning smoking in six local ... recommendations urging housing authorities to adopt smoke-free policies.


Korman Residential Acquires Fifth Apartment Community in Delaware
PR Newswire (press release) - April 8, 2014

Korman will be creating smoke-free buildings and a bike share program among other enhancements to the property. "We believe we can create a lot of value by ...


Do you think smoking should be banned in public housing?
Daily Item - April 7, 2014

Public housing tenants will be asked their opinions on banning smoking in six local residential complexes over the next several months in line with state recommendations urging housing authorities to adopt smoke-free policies.


Smoking bans being considered for public housing
The Salem News - April 7, 2014

SALEM Public housing is one of the last havens for North Shore smokers. In many communities, the elderly and other residents can still smoke in their apartments or outside on the grounds.


Massachusetts seeks to curtail smoking in public housing
Justice News Flash - April 6, 2014

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patricks administration is urging the development of policies that would curtail smoking in public housing. As reported by The Washington Times, guidelines were issued to local housing authorities on Thursday by the Department of Housing and Community Development requesting that they develop smoke-free policies for public housing units managed by the state.


Bill Nemitz: Public-housing posse smokes out smokers
Press Herald - April 5, 2014

Enter the 100 State Street Ad Hoc Smoke-Free Committee: Dodd, Michelle Hubbard, Michael Gray-Jordan and Jackie Moore. No doubt must be left in the minds ...


Hawaii House approves ban on smoking in public housing
Greenfield Daily Reporter - April 5, 2014

The Hawaii House approved a proposal to ban smoking in public housing on Friday. ... a growing trend in high-rise condominiums that have banned smoking.


April 4, 2014 Daily Poll
WWLP - April 4, 2014

Should smoking be banned in all Massachusetts public housing? Vote in today's 22News Interactive Internet Poll, and leave your comments below.


Massachusetts moving to stamp out smoking in public housing citing ...
The Republic - April 3, 2014

Local housing authorities couldn't ban tenants who smoke, nor could they force a tenant to quit smoking in order to keep their apartment, as long as they don't ...


Winter Park Housing Authority Announces Its First Smoke-Free ...
WMFE - April 2, 2014

A Winter Park Public housing complex is going smoke-free. The move does more than ban smoking- it includes help with quitting.


Housing nonprofits promote tenants' services
Daily Northwestern - April 2, 2014

An Evanston Health Department representative spoke about city housing inspections and smoking regulations. Clean air ordinances prevent tenants from smoking in common areas in an apartment building but do not address smoking in individual units, even when it affects neighbor tenants, she said.


North Shore collaborative takes aim at asthma triggers
Wicked Local Marblehead - April 2, 2014

One of the collaboratives goals is to reduce the incidence of asthma related to second-hand smoke within multi-unit buildings. Why choose smoking in apartments and second-hand smoke? Beyond the obvious health implications for the person smoking, there is also increasing awareness that an individual's smoking habits can also affect other people living in the same complex and especially those living with asthma, according to the collaborative.


A Winter Park Public housing complex is going smoke-free. The move does more than ban smoking- it includes help with quitting.

Lake County Housing Authority Opens Waiting List for Public Housing
Chicago Tribune - March 31, 2014

The properties available are all non-smoking and include duplexes, single family homes and townhomes, all with various floor plans available for those needing ...


Smoking inside apartments soon may become illegal in San Mateo County
San Jose Mercury News - March 25, 2014

Smoking inside apartments, condominiums and other multiple housing units soon may be a no-no in unincorporated San Mateo County. Following a study session discussion that touched on the evils of second-hand smoke, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed staff to return with a proposed smoking ban by this summer. In addition to traditional tobacco products, the county should consider outlawing electronic cigarettes, Groom said. Noting that Santa Clara County "is taking up e-cigarettes," Groom noted that she and Tissier "decided we should include e-cigarettes in this ordinance if we decide to go forward."


Residents in Michigan apartment complex banned from smoking
WKRC TV Cincinnati - March 25, 2014

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Jeff Ramsey, 50, a 26-year resident of Parkway Meadows apartments in Ann Arbor, couldn't believe it when he first saw signs posted around ...


San Mateo County mulls smoking ban: Ordinance would limit tobacco use inside unincorporated areas apartments, condos
San Mateo Daily Journal - March 22, 2014

Smoking inside unincorporated county apartments and condominiums could become a thing of the past under a possible prohibition being studied by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.


Austin Public Housing Could Go Smoke-Free
KEYE TV - March 20, 2014

The Housing Authority of the City of Austin discussed the possibility of Section 8 housing becoming smoke-free Thursday. A survey conducted at 17 properties ...


'What Renters Want' with Jessica Fiur: What Should Property ...
Multi-Housing News - March 20, 2014

Now that marijuana is legal in some states, it might become an issue for multifamily property managers, especially in smoke-free buildings. After all, you can ...


Residents of Michigan Apartments Barred From Smoking
WLTX.com - March 19, 2014

"According to the newsletter, if we are caught smoking in our apartments, smokers will ... Can smokers be banned from lighting up inside their own apartments?


Quincy landlords push for smoke-free complexes
WGEM - March 19, 2014

A handful of apartment complexes in Quincy are going smoke-free to fight back ... Illinois are helping landlords amend leases in an effort to ban smoking in all ...


Residents In Ann Arbor Apartment Complex Banned From Smoking Inside
CBS Local - March 19, 2014

Jeff Ramsey, 50, a 26-year resident of Parkway Meadows apartments in Ann Arbor, couldnt believe it when he first saw signs posted around the complex saying they will become a smoke free community inside and out starting April 1 ...


Authority goes smokeless ($$)
Times Record News - March 18, 2014

The Wichita Falls Housing Authority has announced it will implement a Smoke Free Policy beginning April 1.


Public health officials want smoke-free apartments
Fort Mills Times - March 18, 2014

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District officials said that making apartments smoke free would improve the health of residents who can be exposed to ...


Officials press case for smoke-free apartments
Insurance News Net (press release) - March 18, 2014

Your home is your castle, and that includes the air you breathe. But what if your home is an apartment and your neighbor smokes? Local public health officials say nonsmoking apartment tenants who share buildings with smokers are being subjected to second-hand smoke dangers, and they're asking all Champaign County landlords to voluntarily make their apartment buildings smoke-free. "It's a nationwide movement. Housing is moving to smoke-free," said Tara McCauley, a special projects coordinator for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.


State wants landlords to ban smoking
GOPUSA - March 17, 2014

Twenty-one percent of Pennsylvania's adults smoke cigarettes. ... Yet another resident said she was aware of the smoking restrictions but that she and her fiance ...


Smokers next door? Let the renter beware
Standard-Examiner - March 13, 2014

For the health of apartment community residents, prohibiting smoking is a serious ... to ban smoking in units, common areas, premises or both, if they choose to.


Officials nudge apartment managers to ban smoking
Winston-Salem Chronicle - March 12, 2014

Officials nudge apartment managers to ban smoking ... week for a two hour lunch and learn workshop that extolled the benefits of apartment smoking bans. ... Health advocates say that multi-unit housing complexes that allow smoking increase ...


St. Lawrence County initiative aims to build more smoke-free housing
WatertownDailyTimes.com - March 12, 2014

Phillip J. Marlow doesn't smoke, but his apartment in the Laurel Terrace complex in Massena tested positive for second-hand smoke. His apartment is one of 100 units in the building on 9 Laurel Ave., and the neighbors on either side of him smoke. The smoke infiltrates all of the apartments, he said. When I talked to the Massena Housing Authority, they just told me that people have the right to smoke in their own apartment, but what about my right to breathe fresh air in my apartment? Mr. Marlows predicament is something that Benjamin R. Todd, tobacco program coordinator for the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, hopes to bring to an end throughout the county. Mr. Todd started an initiative last fall to spread awareness and education about smoke-free housing facilities across the county. He said he is reaching out to housing authorities and landlords to talk to them about creating smoke-free policies in their buildings.


Local landlords implement smoke-free policy
WXOW.com - March 8, 2014

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - If you're a landlord, you need to keep up with the ever-changing landlord tenant laws and practices.


Dear Stoner: Who has access to patient information?
Westword - March 5, 2014

Dear Stoner: I have Section 8 housing, and I also have my red card. We just got letters from the Denver Housing Authority warning us that marijuana use and possession can get us kicked out of our homes.


Smokers Ban Home Smoking When They See Dangers to Their Kids
Medscape - March 4, 2014

Smokers were twice as likely to strictly enforce a smoke-free home policy if they recognized the dangers posed to their children by residues left behind from smoking, according to a study published online March 3 in Pediatrics.


Renters won't be able to smoke, grow medical marijuana at home under new bill
Detroit Free Press - March 4, 2014

LANSING Medical marijuana users may run into another obstacle to using The bill would prohibit medical cannabis users from growing or smoking their weed in rental properties, including apartments and hotels.


Smoke-free policy workshop slated
Statesville Record & Landmark - March 3, 2014

The Iredell County Health Department, in partnership with the North Carolina Community Transformation Grant (CTG) project, is sponsoring a Lunch-and-Learn workshop to educate property managers about the advantages of smoke-free policies for their businesses and residents. Managers of apartments and other multi-unit housing properties will learn during the event how they can decrease costs and protect residents by banning smoking.


Some Wichita apartment buildings go smoke-free
Kansas City Star - March 2, 2014

Now that smoking is banned in restaurants, businesses and many other public spaces in Kansas, tobacco opponents in Sedgwick County have set their sights on apartment complexes. Only this time, theyre taking a voluntary approach. Since the Tobacco Free Wichita Coalition launched its smoke-free-housing initiative in 2011, 17 apartment complexes in the county have opted to go smoke-free ... Post said the coalition has no present plans to push for state legislation or a local ordinance covering apartments. Instead, its trying to let complex owners know the benefits of going smoke-free and some of the steps to go about doing so, including tenant notification letters and lease addenda. Information is available at tobaccofreewichita.org.


UWS Condo Residents Inflamed Over Possible Smoking Ban
Curbed NY - March 2, 2014

Emotions are running high at The Vaux at 372 Central Park West and residents are butting heads over a proposed smoking ban in the building, so much so that the so-called Peace Institute of New Yorka "group devoted to mediation and conflict resolution"has been invited to smooth things over at the next condo meeting. However, outspoken "smoker's rights activist" Audrey Silk of NYC CLASH is claiming that the condo board has suppressed and ignored voices who oppose the ban. Indeed, according to The Observer, the board invited representatives from the Coalition for a Smoke Free City and the Department of Public Health, but no expert to speak on behalf of the anti-smoking ban constituency, though apparently at least two Vaux residents asked that Audrey Silk herself be invited to speak.


Smoke Signals: Lights Out? Smokers Rights Group Enlisted, Without Success, to Tangle with UWS Condo Building
New York Observer - March 1, 2014

The New York Peace Institute, a group devoted to mediation and conflict resolution, recently received an inquiring message from Audrey Silk, the founder of a non-profit known as NYC C.L.A.S.H.Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassmentregarding an informational meeting for residents of the Vaux Condominium building, on Central Park West. The Peace Institute had been invitedand by all indications planned to attendthe meeting, which had been organized by the buildings condo board, in order to ease potential tensions between residents in support of a proposed smoking ban in the building, and those opposed to it. But the meeting, which is scheduled for March 4th, had, Ms. Silk believed, been unfairly designed to trumpet one side of the discussion and muffle the other, prejudicing any future determinations against those opposed to a ban. What exactly will you be mediating? She wrote. The board has denied numerous requests by these owners to add balance to this meeting by allowing them to having [sic] their own speakera fair pro and con debate so that the ensuing legally mandated vote by all owners can be reasonably said to be legitimate.


Smoking bothersome to apartment-dwellers
Lake County News Sun - February 27, 2014

In May 2011, the Lake County Housing Authority prohibited smoking inside its 600 ... of private apartment complexes to consider instituting an indoor-smoking ban. ... For more information on efforts to expand smoking bans to multi-family ...


Cotati woman pursuing a ban on indoor apartment smoking
Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat - February 26, 2014

Her plight has drawn support from from city and county officials, a state lawmaker and American Lung Association advocates, who all see California moving slowly and unevenly toward the protection Orozco wants.


PHA continues discussion on going smoke-free
Peoria Journal Star - February 25, 2014

PEORIA The Peoria Housing Authority is considering becoming the eighth smoke-free housing authority in Illinois. At its regular meeting Monday night, the PHA Board continued discussions on a potential policy preventing smoking in its housing units.


Indianapolis public housing going smoke-free
WRTV Indianapolis - February 24, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - When the Indianapolis Housing Agency voted in January to ban smoking in apartments and common areas, it pointed to a frantic surveillance video from Lugar Tower. In the video, a woman runs door to door warning people about the fire on her floor. The fire, which erupted last December, was started accidentally by another woman who was smoking while on oxygen therapy...


I-Team: Smoke-free properties
WWLP 22News - February 24, 2014

We looked at an apartment complex that created a smoke-free policy close to five years after a lit cigarette caused one of its buildings to burn down. Preservation Housing Management takes all complaints regarding violations of the non-smoking policy rule seriously and follows up on any possible violations ...


State promotes smoke-free multi-unit housing
witf.org - February 22, 2014

(Harrisburg) -- The state Department of Health is encouraging apartment complexes to go smoke-free. Judy Ochs, director of the Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control, says smoke-free multi-unit housing helps reduce the negative consequences of ...


Tenants Upset After E-Cigarettes Banned By Section 8 Housing
WHSV-TV3 Channel 3 - February 21, 2014

Tenants are blowing off steam, after receiving a notice sent out by the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority. It details its ban on smoking. ...


Norton housing panel to snuff out smoking
Attleboro Sun Chronicle - February 19, 2014

NORTON - The Norton Housing Authority has started the process to go smoke-free. After months of discussion, the housing authority board of commissioners voted 4-0 at their Jan. 28 meeting to go smoke-free in the apartments.


Landlords could ban tenants from smoking or growing medical marijuana under bill
Michigan Radio - February 18, 2014

Some Michigan medical marijuana patients and caregivers could soon be banned from smoking or growing cannabis where they live. A state Senate panel approved a bill on Tuesday that would let landlords decide whether to allow tenants to grow or smoke medical marijuana...


Landlords, law trending to non-smoking complexes
OCRegister (subscription) - February 15, 2014

The neighbor defended his right to smoke in his own home. ... said Liz Williams of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a national nonprofit ...


No-smoking apartments catch on ($$)
The Orange County Register – February 13, 2014

Business: No-smoking apartments catch on ... smoke, smoking, housing, apartments, orange, non, unit, year, secondhand, one. ... Liz Williams... Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights...


Don't smoke 'em if you've got 'em: Lincoln Park condo tower bans smoking
Crain's Chicago Business - February 11, 2014

If you're a smoker shopping for a condominium in Lincoln Park, don't bother looking at 2626 N. Lakeview Ave. unless you plan to kick the habit or light up outside. Residents of the 461-unit tower have banned smoking there, even in private residences, the most restrictive smoking ban yet for a Chicago condo association, according to the building's board and Chicago-based law firm Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC, which advised 2626 N. Lakeview on its smoking ban.


Longmont pot patients won't lose housing benefits
Pueblo Chieftain - February 8, 2014

LONGMONT, Colo. Medical marijuana patients in Longmont wont lose their housing if they use the drug to treat pain and other issues, reassuring a resident who uses medical marijuana to treat pain and spasticity she suffers as a quadriplegic. Housing director Michael Reis says officials will now look at individual cases regarding both medical and recreational marijuana before deciding whether to evict people


El Paso public housing to go smoke-free
KFOX El Paso - February 6, 2014

EL PASO, Texas -- The Housing Authority for the City of El Paso has plans to make all of its public housing units smoke-free. This decision comes after hundreds ...


PHA moving to initiate no smoking policy
Peoria Public Radio - February 5, 2014

The Peoria Housing Authority is partnering with another organization to make some of its housing complexes smoke-free. The Hult Center for Healthy Living is using a more than 130-thousand dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help various apartment sites in Peoria and Tazewell Counties implement no smoking plans.


Falls complex imposes smoking restrictions on property ($$)
Bucks County Courier Times - February 1, 2014

A local apartment complex is taking steps to limit the areas where residents can smoke on the property in Falls. Beginning this month, Village of Pennbrook residents and their visitors will not be allowed to smoke in the common areas of the complex, according to a spokeswoman with AIMCO, the Colorado-based company that owns the property.


Houston Housing Authority Implements Smoke-Free Policy at Its 25 ...
PR.com (press release) - January 31, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) strongly encourages all housing authorities to implement a smoke-free policy at their properties ...


Walnut Creek's secondhand-smoking ban now in effect
Contra Costa (CA) Times - January 30, 2014

WALNUT CREEK -- As of Wednesday, downtown -- and much of the rest of the city -- is officially smoke-free. While there are still a few places in Walnut Creek where one can light up, a controversial ordinance adopted in October prohibiting smoking throughout the city is now in effect. The law bans smoking in and around multiunit residences, in the downtown area, in all recreational areas and at all commercially zoned properties. Perhaps easier to remember are places the ban does not apply -- single-family homes, some public sidewalks outside downtown, as well as public and private golf courses...


Marblehead Housing Authority bans smoking
Marblehead Reporter - January 30, 2014

Commissioners last summer tasked Marcoux with conducting a “no-smoking survey” to gauge tenants' attitudes about a smoking ban. Seventy-four of 292 ...


Oakland Ordinance Requires Smoke-Free Units in All Apartment ...
California Healthline - January 29, 2014

Oakland Ordinance Requires Smoke-Free Units in All Apartment Buildings, Bans ... to ensure smoking is banned in some units and calls for a smoking ban at all ...


Oakley snuffs out smoking for some apartment dwellers
Contra Costa Times - January 29, 2014

OAKLEY -- Apartment dwellers here will have to find other places in their complex to smoke.
In response to repeated complaints from some renters about exposure to second-hand smoke, the City Council on Tuesday adopted a no-smoking ordinance that requires landlords to make at least some units off-limits to smokers and calls for all apartment complexes built in the future to be entirely smoke-free...


Fire-Scarred Apartment Institutes Smoking Ban
WOWT - January 28, 2014

Haunted by three fires in 13 months, all linked to cigarettes, managers at the Hillsborough Pointe Apartment complex put up the No Smoking signs on Tuesday. The most recent fire was a two-alarm blaze last Friday that sent one person to the hospital. There was another fire last March and the third was in December 2012. Investigators say improper handling of cigarettes caused all of them. On Tuesday letters were posted at every entrance notifying residents that a smoking ban is now in effect


Omaha apartment complex goes smoke free
Nebraska Radio Network - January 28, 2014

Starting today the Hillsborough Pointe Apartment Complex in northwest Omaha is completely smoke free. This decision was made by complex management ...


Mayor Parker to address smoking ban on public housing properties
abc13.com - January 27, 2014

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Mayor Annise Parker will talk about a new smoking ban on public housing properties, which has angered many tenants.


Glendale's antismoking rules get high marks from American Lung Assn.
Los Angeles Times January 26, 2014

Glendale got an A on the American Lung Assn.s annual report card grading local governments' antismoking rules. Glendale is one of 18 California cities and counties 3% of those surveyed that received the top score on the State of Tobacco Control 2014 report released last week. Glendale also moved up in a subcategory smoke-free housing from B to A due to new legislation the City Council passed last year, banning smoking in all new apartment and condominium units...


Smoke-free campaigns reign at Massachusetts public housing
Sentinel and Enterprise - January 27, 2014

LEOMINSTER -- The city's tobacco agent, Joan Hamlett, is starting a campaign encouraging the tri-city area's public housing to go completely smoke-free. Hamlett is director of the Central Massachusetts Boards of Health Tobacco Control Alliance representing 34 communities. She is supporting the state Public Housing Department's tobacco-control program's Smoke Free Housing Project...


Houston Housing Authority implements no smoking policy
MyFox Houston - January 25, 2014

Sure, there are no smoking signs in public places but now certain residents won't be allowed to smoke inside their own home The Houston Housing Authority's new rule prohibits residents and their visitors from smoking inside an apartment. This policy impacts 5,500 families in all 25 Houston public housing properties...


More smoke-free housing options in Omaha
91.5 KIOS-FM - January 24, 2014

Two more Omaha apartment complexes are now smoke-free. One apartment building at Midtown Crossing is now smoke-free. Smoking also wont be allowed at the new Hillsborough Pointe apartment complex. Two previous fires there both were caused by careless use of cigarettes...


Co-ops Chill, Condos Don't
New York Times - January 24, 2014

Last year, smoking was banned at One Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, Richard Meiers shimmering glass tower overlooking Prospect Park, at the urging of Dennis Sughrue, the president of the condominium board. Secondhand smoke, firsthand smoke it was really wrecking some peoples lives, Mr. Sughrue said, especially because its impossible to seal off individual units. As a result of the change, he said, many residents have stopped smoking indoors, in part because we will impose significant fines upon them if they do.


No more lighting up at Fairhaven Housing Authority sites
SouthCoastToday.com - January 23, 2014

FAIRHAVEN John Tetreault smokes when he gets up, having his cigarette with his coffee. He smokes after he eats his meals. It relaxes him, he said, and he keeps his apartment clean so it shouldn't bother anyone.


Imperial County's stance on smoking parallels national, global trend of decreasing tobacco use
Imperial Valley Press - January 23, 2014

This reduction can be attributed to anti-smoking measures such as the growth of laws regulating smoking in public locations, exposure of dangers caused by secondhand smoke and the increasingly less favorable public image of smoking, according to the report. Locally, the fight against tobacco has taken a turn for the better in recent years with Imperial Valley College officially becoming a tobacco-free campus in 2009 and Pioneers Memorial Hospital following suit in 2012. Although it takes a lot of work to implement a smoke-free policy, the county saw a positive turning point last year, when five different apartment complexes in El Centro and Calexico adopted voluntary smoke-free policies, said Maria Peinado, public health information officer with the Imperial County Public Health Department.


Housing commission buildings to be non-smoking ($$)
Manisteenews - January 22, 2014

MANISTEE Next month, Manistee Housing Commission officials will begin the process of converting its facilities to smoke-free. The move is required of all housing commissions in the nation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. We operate under the regulations of the U.S. HUD, said MHC executive director Clinton McKinven-Copus.


Smoke free housing promoted in Blo-No
Vidette Online - January 21, 2014

McLean County Health department is encouraging landlords in Bloomington-Normal to implement a smoke-free policy in their multi-unit housing and properties....


Stock Island apartment complex goes smoke-free
Florida Keys Keynoter - January 15, 2014

... mostly duplexes on Stock Island, banned smoking on the grounds and inside all ... With no-smoking laws covering many public areas -- including airplanes, ... Health in Miami-Dade County, said complex-wide smoking bans are starting ... of Flagler Village, which had smokers in 18 of the 49 units when its ban took effect.


In Colorado, legalized green leaves some landlords seeing red
Mother Nature Network (blog) - January 13, 2014

The opening of recreational marijuana emporiums in the Centennial State has led to a not-so-mellow relationship between some landlords and tenants looking ...


Florida community joins residential housing trend to ban smoking
Saukvalley - January 12, 2014

Valencia Morris, the tobacco prevention specialist for the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, said complex-wide smoking bans are starting to ...


No butts about it: Smoking banned in apartments
MiamiHerald.com - January 9, 2014

Part-time security guard Dale Parsons has smoked for more than 50 years, but for the new year she decided to kick the habit for good. In addition to her health, she has another big reason to succeed: Her affordable-housing apartment complex just went cold turkey.


Medford Housing Authority anti-smoking policy stalled
Wickedlocal-Med Ford - January 9, 2014

Medford An outspoken group of Medford residents is demanding answers from the Medford Housing Authority something, new director John Coddington cannot give them. A group of residents found themselves frustrated and disappointed at a December meeting of the MHA Board of Commissioners after Coddington was unable to give any updates regarding a non-smoking policy in public housing. ...


Expert weighs in on what to do about smelly neighbors
Real Estate Weekly - January 9, 2014

Bad odors can cause big problems in residential apartment buildings. From cigarette smoke to decaying food, many building owners and residents go the legal route when bad smells get too out of hand. One story of bad smells made headlines in July of last year, when The New York Post reported that Diane Wells, an heiress and resident of tony Central Park West building The El Dorado, was court-ordered to be more considerate of her neighbors, after complaints over cigarette smoke filling the hallways. Cigarette smoke is one of the biggest complaints Meltzer hears, as well as marijuana smoke and odors from hoarding situations which are usually caused by trash, food decaying and feces, whether human or animal. If its cigarette or marijuana smoke, its really a temporary fix, said Meltzer. Smoke travels in many different ways. It could go from a tenant smoking in an apartment cracks a window, so the smoke goes outside and can infiltrate in another tenants window through a vent or window.Another common method is using positive pressure, whereas if an owner is trying to clear a building from smoke, if it is a negative pressure building, an owner can create positive pressure using fans or ventilation to push the smoke out.Insulating outlets and switches and installing door sweeps works a little bit, but you really have to get to the root of the problem in order to get a more permanent fix, said Meltzer. ...


Sunbury high-rises smoke-free
News Item - January 4, 2014

SUNBURY - The Sunbury Housing Authority announced Thursday a smoke-free policy effective Jan. 1 that prohibits tobacco use indoors at Chestnut Tower and ...


Matthew Competiello: Smoke-free housing: easier than it appears
Sun-Sentinel - January 2, 2014

Congratulations to AquaVita Las Olas for its decision to become the first luxury condominium in Fort Lauderdale to have a smoke-free policy. When the community opens in late 2014, units will be free of harmful tobacco smoke. This makes AquaVita not only a healthier environment for residents, guests and pets, but it also reduces indoor fires, maintenance costs and tension among neighbors who prefer not to be exposed to second-hand smoke. ...


Lonsdale Apartment Goes Smoke-Free
Northfield (MN) Patch.com - January 2, 2014

Southside Apartments in Lonsdale is now a smoke-free complex. According to a Rice County Public Health release, the new smoke-free policy began Jan....


Costly cigarettes and smoke-free homes
YottaFire - January 2, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say high-priced cigarettes and smoke-free homes effectively reduce smoking behaviors among low-income individuals a demographic in which tobacco use has remained comparatively high.


Apartments at Midtown Crossing join smoke-free movement
Omaha World Herald January 1, 2014

Mutual of Omaha is joining the smoke-free apartment-living movement, adding one of its Midtown Crossing buildings to the smokeless list starting today. The decision to prohibit smoking at the building that houses the Prairie Life Fitness Center came after surveying residents. This policy change is a great way to reduce fire risks that can come from smoking and protect staff and residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke, said Molly Skold of East Campus Realty, Mutuals real estate arm...


Public housing complexes go smoke-free
Sandusky Register - December 31, 2013

The Blade reported the tobacco-free policy adopted by the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authoritys board of directors in June follows a recommendation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Luxury Fort Lauderdale condo bans smoking inside units
Sun-Sentinel - December 16, 2013

When the AquaVita Las Olas condominium opens late next year in the Hendricks Isle section of Fort Lauderdale, buyers will be able to swim in a salt-water pool, come and go in private elevators and park their boats steps from their front doors. What they won't be able to do is smoke inside their own units. Housing market observers say they aren't aware of such a smoking ban in any of the more than two dozen condos being built across Broward and Palm Beach counties.


Flash: Smoke-Free Apartments Will Be the Law in Berkeley on May 1
Berkeley Daily Planet December 4, 2013

The Berkeley City Council unanimously supported an ordinance making 100% of all multi-unit housing smokefree at its Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 council meeting. Serena Chen of the American Lung Association and Liz Williams of Americans for Nonsmokers' rights were among the supportive speakers.


Berkeley moves forward with ordinance to ban smoking in multiunit housing
Daily Californian - December 4, 2013

As soon as next May, smokers living in the city of Berkeley may have one fewer place to light up their cigarettes. Im so thrilled that finally its come to fruition, said Berkeley resident Carol Denney, a cancer patient who has been working with the city on this issue for about six years. I live next to chain-smokers, but I cant afford to move. A lot of people are in similar circumstances. There are 32 other counties and cities in California that have adopted either partial or complete ordinances banning smoking in multiunit housing, according to Liz Williams, project manager for Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, a national lobbying organization housed in Berkeley. A smoke-free ordinance isnt just about telling people what they can and cannot do, said Valerie Yerger, an associate professor in health policy at UC San Francisco. Its about protecting people, especially vulnerable children and families. Even when the smoke clears, theres still toxic tobacco residue.


Berkeley rental units will soon be smoke-free
Inside Bay Area - December 4, 2013

BERKELEY -- The city's apartment and condominium complex dwellers will soon be free from neighbors' cigarette smoke wafting through air vents or curling up ...


Dromm Joins Partnership On Smoke-Free Housing
Western Queens Gazette - November 27, 2013

The forum focused on both the health and financial benefits of living in a tobacco-free environment. Smoking and secondhand smoke can worsen conditions like ...


California smoking ban said to be most stringent in US
UPI.com - November 22, 2013

California smoking ban said to be most stringent in U.S. ... The U.S. Congress passed an anti-smoking bill that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a ...


Ashland County Housing Authority takes another step forward for ...
Ashland Daily Press - November 22, 2013

Eight more rental units joined the menu of smoke-free apartments offered by the Ashland County Housing Authority on Nov. 1. Forty subsidized units in Mellen, ...


Smoking ordinance goes into effect
Marinscope Community Newspapers – November 21, 2013

The latest ban is part of an ordinance that was passed by San Rafael City Council in ... It banned smoking in all park and recreation areas, sidewalks, pedestrian ...


Local apartment complex goes smoke-free
10News - November 21, 2013

Local apartment complex goes smoke-free ... which has 300 units, is the first complex under a new county program called Healthy Works to become smoke-free.


California Town Bans Smoking in Condos and Apartments That ...
ABC News - November 21, 2013

The town of San Rafael, Calif., has passed a ban on smoking that city officials have called the most ... New York City bans tobacco sales to anyone under 21.


Harrisonburg Housing Banning Smoking to Cut Costs
WHSV - November 20, 2013

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Harrisonburg Housing and Redevelopment Authority is looking to cut costs after funding for subsidized housing has been ...


Wytheville apartment buildings to go smoke-free
Southwest Virginia Today - November 19, 2013

Longview and Longview Village Apartments are scheduled to go smoke-free on Jan. 1, 2014, along with a total of 246 properties managed by Partnership ...


Guest View: New Bedford's public housing residents support smoke ...
SouthCoastToday.com - November 19, 2013

A primary partner of SCHHWI is the New Bedford Housing Authority, which will institute a smoke-free policy in all its developments on Jan. 1. As the lead ...


Harrisonburg considers smoking ban in public-housing projects
Richmond Times Dispatch - November 18, 2013

Authority member Elroy Miller tells The Daily News Record that a no-smoking policy would reduce maintenance costs. He says it also would provide a more ...


More Teeth Needed in Berkeley Smoking Ban in Multi-unit Housing ...
Patch.com-by Charles Burress - November 18, 2013

The council has already approved the drafting of a smoking ban in multi-unit housing, ... Berkeley has smoking bans in place for most public places in the city, ...


Berkeley would ban smoking in homes, exempt pot
Record-Searchlight (blog) - November 18, 2013

Berkeley would ban smoking in homes, exempt pot ... his fellow councilmembers to expand smoking bans to include single-family ... The ban would exempt e-cigarettes and in true Berkeley fashion, the use of ... Violators may be banned.


Berkeley to Consider Ban on Smoking in Single-Family Homes
PublicCEO.com - November 18, 2013

The Golden State was the first in the nation to institute a statewide ban on smoking ... his fellow councilmembers to expand smoking bans to include single-family ...


Public housing units go smoke free Jan. 1
The Robesonian - November 15, 2013

LUMBERTON - Seven Robeson County public housing complexes will go smoke-free next year, according to Partnership Property Management of Greensboro, the company that manages the apartments.


Berkeley's next smoking ban may hit home
San Francisco Chronicle - November 14, 2013

Berkeley, where residents take pride in exercising their personal freedoms and resisting government intrusion, is the site these days of a much different kind of movement - one to ban cigarette smoking from single-family homes. In general, smoking bans in multiunit dwellings have been very effective in prompting some smokers to quit, as well as protecting nonsmokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke, said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a Berkeley nonprofit. "Laws like these help change the social norm," she said. "Really, we shouldn't be smoking indoors at all."


San Rafael's tough anti-tobacco ordinance goes into effect, bans smoking in apartment units
Marin Independent Journal - November 14, 2013

Smokers in San Rafael are no longer allowed to light up in apartments, condominiums and any other residential units that share a common wall per a city ordinance that took effect Thursday.


Wythe County apartments going smoke-free
TriCities.com - November 11, 2013

Longview and Longview Village Apartments are scheduled to go smoke-free on Jan. 1, 2014, along with a total of 246 properties managed by Partnership Property Management (PPM) of Greensboro. Smoke-free housing is an industry trend, and one that can save both lives and money, said Rick Allen, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PPM. The best way to protect our property and our residents from secondhand smoke and the risk of fire is to stop allowing smoking in our buildings.


Asheville apartments to go smoke-free
Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times - November 11, 2013

Smoking will be banned in a number of Western North Carolina apartment complexes as of Jan. 1. Partnership Property Management, which manages various properties in Asheville, Arden, Brevard and Hendersonville, announced this month a smoke-free policy in its units. The company manages about 10,000 apartments in five states, including 1,800 in WNC.


Smoking ordinance goes into effect Nov. 14
Marinscope Community Newspapers - November 7, 2013

In October 2012, the San Rafael City Council passed an ordinance strengthening the citys municipal code to further protect the community from secondhand smoke. As of November 14, 2013, smoking is prohibited in all duplex and multi-family residential units that share a common wall.


Letter: Ban smoking in apartments next
Enterprise-Record - November 6, 2013

Letter: Ban smoking in apartments next. Chico Enterprise-Record. Posted: 11/06/2013 12:02:35 AM PST. Regarding the Oct. 30 story "Smoking bans in Chico ...


Free workshop slated for Northfield landlords
Southernminn.com – November 5, 2013

The workshop will highlight the benefits of smoke-free policies for apartments, town homes and other properties with presentations by the director of the Live ...


Resident: I won't abide by 'unenforceable' PHA smoking ban
Valley Breeze - November 5, 2013

"This smoking ban did not start from the ground up and is not an answer to people's ... But just as with new residents, he is banned from smoking in the designated ... Very few housing authorities across the country have smoking bans in place, ...


City apartment complexes to enforce smoking ban on tenants
Lincoln Times-News - November 5, 2013

Some apartment complexes in Lincolnton are opting for a smoke-free environment. Starting Jan. 1, Hillside, Riverside and Woodmont Apartments, along with 246 other properties managed by Partnership Property Management of Greensboro, are scheduled to enact the ban. In a press release, Rick Allen, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of PPM, said, the best way to protect our property and our residents from secondhand smoke and the risk of fire is to stop allowing smoking in our buildings.


Lafayette City Council Approves Tougher Smoking Restrictions
Patch.com - October 28, 2013

The Lafayette City Council has added more restrictions to the anti-smoking laws ... The new ordinance prohibits smoking in more areas of the city, including multi-family housing projects, outdoor public areas, public events and outdoor dining areas.


Smoke-free rental units growing more popular
Philly.com October 27, 2013

Smoking even in one's own home may someday be a thing of the past, as more real estate developers and landlords in the Philadelphia region are embracing the trend toward healthy housing. It's unclear how many privately owned apartment buildings have set similar standards, but vocal residents are often the catalyst, said Liz Williams of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Noted Rick Haughey of the National Multi Housing Council: "After noise, smoke and odors are the second-highest complaint from renters."


Terraces Development, Smoking Prohibition Being Discussed By Two Lafayette Agencies on Monday Night
Patch.com - October 27, 2013

The Lafayette City Council will be considering stricter restrictions on smoking in the city while in another part of the building the city's Design Review Commission will hold a public hearing on The Terraces project.


Housing Authority moves toward no-smoking environment
Benton Evening News - October 25, 2013

The Franklin County Housing Authority board has voted to implement a gradual move that will one day result in smoke free facilities. The federal agency that oversees local housing authorities, is the Deptartment of Housing and Urban Renewa andHUD has strongly urged housing boards across the nation to become smoke free. At their most recent board meeting, a plan was adopted to implement that gradual progression.


Director: Pawtucket Housing Authority well on its way to being ...
Valley Breeze - October 23, 2013

Director: Pawtucket Housing Authority well on its way to being smoke-free. By ETHAN SHOREY, Valley Breeze Staff Writer. PAWTUCKET - Representatives from ...


Editorial: Smart steps against smoking in Valley's public housing
GazetteNET - October 21, 2013

In fact, ever since 2005, when Maine became the first state to ban smoking in all of its ... The city of Boston has banned smoking at all 64 of its public housing sites, and last ... In their view, smoking bans unfairly target powerless public housing ... Banning smoking in public housing is another step, a bold step that should be ...


High prices and smoke-free homes help smokers quit
Health24.com - October 18, 2013

Low-income smokers light up less often when cigarettes come with a high price tag and homes have a smoke-free policy, according to a new study. Tobacco use ...


Costly Cigarettes and Smoke-Free Homes
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center - October 17, 2013

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say high-priced cigarettes and smoke-free homes effectively reduce smoking behaviors among low-income individuals – a demographic in which tobacco use has remained comparatively ...


Smoke-free housing policies result in fewer fires
Gaston Gazette - October 17, 2013

I'd like to thank local property managers and landlords who are helping reduce the number of fires in Gaston County by making their properties smoke-free.


Lodi moves to ban smoking in public housing
News 12 New Jersey - October 17, 2013

Lodi moves to ban smoking in public housing; residents object ... complex say they have received letters telling them their building may become smoke-free.


Should Smoking Be Banned in Public Housing? [POLL]
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio - October 17, 2013

Smoking bans in individual apartments are still the exception in New Jersey. But the move to ban smoking in apartments has picked up steam since the state's ...


Letter: Smoke-free housing is cheaper and more popular
Wausau Daily Herald - October 16, 2013

This year, I'd like to thank local property managers who are helping reduce the number of fires in central Wisconsin by making their properties smoke-free.


Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions adopting smoke free policy
WEAU-TV Channel 13 NBC (Eau Claire, WI) - October 16, 2013

An area company is making all of the residential rental properties it manages smoke free starting this spring. Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions in La Crosse decided to make the switch after trying it out on a couple of its buildings last year.


GUEST OPINION: Demand for smoke-free multi-unit housing on the ...
Fall River Herald News - October 10, 2013

The market demand for smoke-free multi-unit housing is on the rise in Massachusetts. A growing number of Massachusetts property owners and managers across the market spectrum support the trend, including municipal housing authorities in New Bedford, Taunton and Fairhaven; they recognize that going smoke free makes tenants healthier, properties safer and can save them money.


'Make property free of smoke'
Beloit Daily News - October 10, 2013

This is Fire Prevention Week, a national event to raise awareness of fire safety. This year, Id like to thank local property managers who are helping reduce the number of fires in Beloit by making their properties smoke-free. Theyre popular. 72% of Wisconsin residents who keep their units smoke-free, but live in buildings that allow smoking, would prefer a smoke-free building. ...


Breathe Free
Multi-Housing News - October 9, 2013

Would you live in a home that was not safe and secure? To be marketable, multifamily housing needs to be both. Moreover, to be safe and to feel secure, a home needs to be healthy. A healthy indoor environment is as attractive to tenants and homebuyers as is a safe and secure one. Smoking is an important occupant behavior not only for the person who smokes, but also for those who share the indoor space. In fact, when it comes to multifamily housing, depending on the degree of air sealing and design of a buildings heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, secondhand smoke can adversely affect non-smoking occupants in neighboring units. An estimated 3,000 Americans die each year from lung cancer due to exposure to secondhand smoke or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). Secondhand smoke is also a significant asthma trigger and causes other important health problems, particularly in children. The two main strategies for preventing exposure to secondhand smoke in multifamily buildings are to prohibit smoking in the building entirely, or seal individual units where smoke-free policies are not currently in place. About 10 percent of public housing is now smoke-free.


Portion of Walnut Creek groundbreaking secondhand smoke law takes effect Oct. 31
San Jose Mercury News - October 9, 2013

Walnut Creek is about to be largely smoke-free, even though smokers and others continue to rail against the new secondhand smoke ordinance. "It's not OK with the residents of Rossmoor," said Debra Freeman a resident of the gated community at a City Council meeting last week. She said she and her neighbors had no idea that this law was even proposed. "We see this as a violation of our constitutional rights and freedom and liberty." The City Council passed the strict secondhand-smoking ordinance in September, after months of public hearings and meetings on the issue. The council had a final reading of that law last week. It bans smoking in all multiunit residences, all of downtown, all recreational areas and all commercially zoned properties, and in all public places. The council made an exemption, however, that does not require public or private golf courses to be smoke-free. And it doesn't outlaw smoke from medical marijuana. ...


Council pushes back on smoking ban at Cambridge Housing Authority
Cambridge Chronicle - October 9, 2013

More than a week after the Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) voted to ban smoking inside public housing, the Cambridge City Council is asking the board to reconsider the process for implementation a request the CHAs legal counsel said they are not inclined to do. The council voted Monday, Oct. 7, to go on record strongly urging the CHA to reopen the decision to implement a ban on smoking inside CHA properties scheduled to go into effect Aug. 1, 2014. As possible compromises, Vice Mayor Denise Simmons suggested the authority form a committee of residents to monitor implementation or house smoking residents in one building. ...


Smoke-Free Senior Housing?
wnep.com - October 9, 2013

First it was restaurants, then bars, now some senior housing facilities in Luzerne County are considering a ban on smoking. Residents recently filled out a survey on the issue.


Oakley proposes non-smoking ordinance for apartment buildings
Contra Costa Times - October 9, 2013

OAKLEY -- The city presented a proposed no-smoking ordinance Tuesday that, although it would affect most Oakley apartment buildings, is aimed at one high-rise complex in particular.


Smoke 'em if you got 'em? Maybe not in county senior housing
Go Lackawanna - October 8, 2013

KINGSTON Will the Luzerne County Housing Authority ban smoking in its senior housing units? About 60 percent of residents of Luzerne County elderly housing want smoking banned in their buildings, while 27 percent say they want smoking to still be allowed. Thirteen percent have no preference.


Non-smoking policy began Oct. 1 in Daytona Beach public housing
Daytona Times - October 3, 2013

Daytona Beach Housing Authority residents living in Windsor and Maley Apartments, Palmetto Park, Caroline Village, Northwood Village, Walnut Oak, Villages at Halifax, Lakeside Village and Pine Haven risk fees and eviction if caught smoking inside their housing units. As first reported in the Daytona Times on Sept. 5, effective Oct. 1 all Housing Authority properties within the public housing program will be designated as non-smoking.


Berkeley Boots Smoke Out of Multi-Unit Housing
Berkeley Daily Planet - October 2, 2013

The Berkeley City Council mustered five votes to protect tenants in multi-unit housing from their neighbors secondhand smoke at the October 1, 2013 city council meeting. The ordinance would go into effect in early 2014.


Berkeley City Council votes to amend proposed smoking ban
Daily Californian - October 2, 2013

The policies would have added nonsmoking clauses to leases and allowed ... Liz Williams, project manager for the nonprofit Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, ...


Council Gives Final Approval To Anti-Smoking Ordinance
Patch.com - October 2, 2013

The new law bans smoking throughout downtown as well as in apartments, condominiums, all public places and within 25 feet of doors and windows. The initial ...


St. Cloud HRA To Ban Smoking In Rental Units Starting Tuesday
WJON News - September 30, 2013

ST. CLOUD – Starting tomorrow (Tuesday) the St. Cloud HRA will have a no smoking policy through out all of their rental buildings. ...


Lenox public housing becomes smoke-free starting Tuesday
Berkshire Eagle - September 30, 2013

Joyner says the Lenox ban affects 146 people living in 122 units, a large majority ... isn't surprised public housing is the latest entity to implement smoking bans.


The "Substantial" Rock That Could Shipwreck Smokefree Housing
Berkeley Daily Planet - September 27, 2013

Rent Board Attorney Matt Brown's passionate “I got nothing” statement to the Open Government Commission last week confirmed publicly that the Rent Board ...


Cambridge Housing Authority bans smoking in its buildings
Boston (MA) Globe - September 26, 2013

Over objections that they would be forcing elderly smokers out into the cold, Cambridge Housing Authority commissioners voted Wednesday to ban smoking in their buildings, joining Boston and other cities that are snuffing out cigarettes in public housing.


Apartment complex will be smoke-free
Queens Chronicle - September 26, 2013

The Rev. Richard McEachern, pastor of the Macedonia AME Church in Flushing, discusses making the church's affordable housing project into a smoke-free ...


Steele County landlords learn more about smoke-free building ...
Southernminn.com - September 26, 2013

OWATONNA — Ron Dagit and Shirley Pichner have been landlords in Owatonna for more than 20 years, and they believe it's time for a change — a smoke-free ...


Smoke-free apartments are a tough sell locally
Racine (WI) Journal Times - September 25, 2013

RACINE — Focus on Community workers have spent the past year trying to get apartment managers to commit to making their multi-unit buildings smoke-free. It hasn’t been an easy task.


Maine State Housing Authority board stalls decision on whether to ...
Bangor Daily News - September 25, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine — A lack of federal guidance on the use of medical marijuana in federally subsidized apartments led the Maine State Housing Authority board ...


Smoking no longer allowed in Chesco public housing
The Mercury - September 21, 2013

Since last month, all of the units owned by the Housing Authority of Chester County have been deemed tobacco free, a first in public housing in southeastern Pennsylvania, authority officials say. The policy does not prohibit individuals who use tobacco from living or working at authorityowned properties. But it does forbid its use anywhere on the property, inside or out. The policy relates not only to cigarettes, cigars, and pipe smoking, but also to smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes.


Walnut Creek passes toughest secondhand smoking law in the Contra Costa County
Contra Costa Times - September 19, 2013

WALNUT CREEK -- Finding a place to smoke in this city is about to get a whole lot tougher.
By February, those who live in apartments, condos and townhomes will no longer be allowed to smoke tobacco inside or outside of their homes. And there will be no place to smoke downtown by Christmas. The City Council passed a strict secondhand-smoking ordinance Tuesday night that bans smoking in all multiunit residences, all of downtown, all recreational areas and all commercially zoned properties where there are outdoor dining areas or outdoor service areas, anyplace within 25 feet of entryways and operable windows, and in all public places. The council made an exemption, however, that does not require public or private golf courses to be smoke-free. And it doesn't outlaw smoke from medical marijuana.


No lighting up inside HUD homes
Daytona Times - September 5, 2013

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has encouraged housing authorities since 2009 to adopt smoke-free housing. The assistant deputy ...


Cambridge Housing Authority to consider updated smoking ban ...
Wicked Local - September 5, 2013

In response to comments from residents, Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) staff members plan to present a new proposal to the board Sept. 11 to eliminate smoking in and around its buildings. Kevin Braga, deputy director of operations for CHA, said the board will not vote on the proposal Sept. 11 but will receive an updated proposal from staff, which he said would be posted online by Friday, Sept. 6. The original proposal called for a smoking ban to be implemented as early as Jan. 1, 2014, that would have imposed harsh fines and the possibility of eviction if residents didnt comply and would have asked residents to sign an addendum to their leases by October. Braga said the timeline has been moved back to an implementation date of August 2014, if the board votes to approve the policy. There is no date set for the vote, Braga said, but they could vote by the end of September or any time after.


Nina Gregerson: Apartment buildings should be non-smoking
Wisconsin State Journal - September 3, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us secondhand smoke can sicken and even kill those exposed, which means that sharing a space with a smoker can be dangerous to your health. This also applies to a multi-unit apartment homes that has one smoker. The smoke can seep into a nonsmokers living space through air vents, electrical outlets and cracks in the walls. The other residents will be exposed even if they may not see or smell the secondhand smoke.


LETTER: CHA should be commended for proposed smoking ban
Cambridge Chronicle - September 1, 2013

This letter is in response to the Aug. 8, article, Cambridge Housing Authority looks to ban smoking in public housing, and other smoking ban opinions. While Massachusetts smoke-free workplace law protects people in the workplace, multi-unit housing residents are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes. The most vulnerable children, seniors and people with disabilities with respiratory challenges are least able to escape secondhand smoke.


County housing authority tenants breathe easy with smoke-free ...
Ashland Daily Press - August 30, 2013

Aug.1, 2013 was an important day. It was that day when 40 rental units managed by the Ashland County Housing Authority made the transition to smoke-free.


Veteran Evicted After New Smoking Ban In Apartment Complex
MyFox Philadelphia - August 25, 2013

NEWINGTON, Conn. - 90 year old Newington Resident Andy Nowicki started smoking 70 years ago, while serving in the United States Army, during World War II. And, it's this habit that has brought him and his wife to the brink of eviction from the apartment they have called home for 20 years. On January 1, 2012, the Newington Housing Authority banned smoking inside all enclosed areas in the three housing complexes they oversee. And, they mandated that smoking only be done at least ten feet from any of these buildings. This has caused major problems for Mr. Nowicki, who uses a wheelchair and can barely walk.


Smoking in your apartment? Maybe not for long
NorthJersey.com - August 24, 2013

Smoking is outlawed in New Jersey's restaurants, bars, workplaces, shopping malls and even many parks. Now, property owners are taking a look at smoking bans in individual apartments, because people don't want to breathe their neighbors' secondhand smoke at home, either. Several new North Jersey apartment buildings are entirely smoke-free, including properties in Hackensack, Wood-Ridge and North Bergen constructed by ...


Reader View: Banning smoking in residences protects all
Santa Fe New Mexican.com - August 24, 2013

Congratulations to the leadership and staff of the Housing Trust, UnitedHealth Group and all of their dedicated partners. After months of hard work, the Stage Coach Motor Inn on Cerrillos Road is now Stage Coach Apartments, providing 60 homes to families and individuals.


Newton Public Housing Goes Smoke-Free
Patch.com - August 19, 2013

"Such a policy protects residents from secondhand smoke," a press release reads. "Because smoke drifts between units and cannot be contained, the only ...


Housing Authority residents question new smoking ban
Daytona Beach News-Journal - August 17, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH In six weeks, the Daytona Beach Housing Authority will ban smoking in all of its residences, including inside Linda Styles' home of six years.


Smokers becoming less welcome in apartments
Charlotte Observer - August 15, 2013

Smoking bans are becoming more common across the country, industry ... in 10 states, has earned kudos for banning smoking in a couple dozen facilities.


Cambridge Housing Authority looks to ban smoking in public housing
Cambridge Chronicle - August 7, 2013

Beginning in January, over 2,500 tenants living on Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) property may no longer be allowed to smoke in their homes or face fines or even eviction if the board approves the plan in August. The CHA proposed an addendum to the leases on all its public housing buildings that, if approved, would ban smoking in all CHA properties in January 2014.The Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of the policy in May, and then scheduled a public comment period that ends this Friday, Aug. 9.


LETTER: Regarding the smoking ban in all CHA Housing
Cambridge Chronicle - August 6, 2013

Editor's Note: This letter was addressed and sent to the Cambridge Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners. The public comment period for the Cambridge ...


SNAP smoking ban starts for local tenants
KREM.com (registration) - August 1, 2013

SPOKANE, Wash.--People living in more than one dozen low income housing developments in Spokane have been told they can no longer smoke inside their apartment. The Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs (SNAP) implemented the change on Thursday.


Smoking ban postponed at AHFC facilities
Seattle Post Intelligencer - August 1, 2013

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Public housing officials have postponed a plan to ban smoking after residents across the state complained. The ban was to have gone into effect in August at state-subsidized senior public housing units statewide, but now the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is re-evaluating the policy, KTOO reported (http://is.gd/g7tmzu )


Smoking Ban Postponed At AHFC Senior Housing
Alaska Public Radio Network July 31, 2013

A smoking ban planned for state-subsidized senior public housing has been postponed. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation was to implement no-smoking rules ... his petition helped agency managers change their minds on the proposed ban.


My Turn: Smoke-free policy good for everyone
Juneau Empire (subscription) - July 26, 2013

On behalf of the American Lung Association in Alaska, I applaud the Alaska Housing Finance Corporations plan to implement smoke-free housing policies in its multi-family units. I encourage AHFC to move ahead with its plan to extend the smoke-free initiative to their entire stock of housing. Smoke-free housing policies support AHFCs mission to provide Alaskans access to safe, quality, affordable housing.


Erie County Housing Authority could go smoke-free
GoErie.com - July 25, 2013

The Erie County Housing Authority, which manages public housing in Millcreek, North East and Albion, could soon prohibit smoking at all of its properties.


Chattanooga landlords move to ban smoking in rental units amid growing concerns of third-hand smoke
Chattanooga Times Free Press - July 21, 2013

Phil McKenzie signed a yearlong lease but is moving out of his Chattanooga apartment four months early because he and his girlfriend just can't deal with the neighbors. Smoke-free apartment complexes like the one McKenzie plans to move into are becoming more common across the United States as a growing number of apartment owners ban tenants from lighting up in their units. "It's definitely a nationwide trend," said Bronson Frick, associate director at Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. "There is a lot more awareness about the dangers of secondhand smoke inside the housing complexes and there is a growing action across the country to get the smoke outside." And with about 1,400 new apartments in the pipeline for Chattanooga, it's a trend that could soon sweep through the Scenic City. "Secondhand smoke is more than a nuisance, it is a health hazard," Frick said. "And in an apartment building, there is shared air. So unlike a neighbor playing drums downstairs at three in the morning, this can actually affect the health of tenants."


Smoking bans coming to an apartment building near you
StarNewsOnline.com July 14, 2013

Renter alert. Smoking can hit you where you live. That's especially true if you lease out a single-family home, a major chunk of the Wilmington-area rental market. In fact, some management companies here forbid renters from smoking inside the homes not outside and put the stricture into the lease. It's a trend that's starting to appear nationwide, experts said, though restrictions on apartment dwellers are far less common than on renters of houses.


Smoke-free housing workshops offered
Alexandria Echo Press - July 12, 2013

Live Smoke Free, the Public Health Law Center and local public health invite the public to a free workshop on how to effectively adopt a smoke-free policy for ...


Greenbelt secondhand smoke case ends, but leaves door open to similar litigation
Gaithersburg (MD) Gazette - July 6, 2013

A Greenbelt mans secondhand smoke lawsuit against his neighbors and housing cooperative Greenbelt Homes Inc. has gone up in smoke on appeal, but experts say this may not be the last such case.


Tulare County health officials want to establish smoke-free environment
Visalia Times-Delta - July 6, 2013

The Tulare County Tobacco Awareness and Education Program, the countys main program against tobacco, was formed in 1989. The program is coordinated by the Public Health and Tobacco Coalition, which seeks to create healthier spaces for families and children. Through the program, six apartment complexes in Visalia and Lindsay have adopted smoke-free policies.


Fresno aparments adopt smoke-free policy
Fresno Business Journal - July 1, 2013

Fresnos Sequoia Gardens, Villas Margaritas and Tower Court apartment complexes have voluntarily adopted a no-smoke policy recommended by the Fresno County Department of Public Health. Concern is not just based on smokers, but on the health risk of secondhand smoke. The department described the apartment managers adopting the policy as public health champions. Policies that restrict smoking in apartment complexes are ...


Push for smoke-free apartments
Sioux Falls Argus Leader -June 29, 2013

Smoke-free properties mean reduced cleaning costs and a market advantage for those who advertise their properties as smoke-free, said Pat McKone of the ...


Change in the air: Rental smoking bans
Chicago Tribune - June 28, 2013

The anti-smoking momentum isn't coming just from the rental business; numerous municipalities have moved to ban smoking in all multifamily housing.


SD Landlords Consider Smoke-Free Apartments
KDLT (Sioux Falls, SD) - June 27, 2013

Thursday at South Dakota Achieve dozens of landlords met to discuss the possibility of having smoke-free apartments. A spokesperson from the American Lung Association was on hand to explain how Sioux Falls landlords can make apartments safer with the ...


Workshop encourages multi-unit housing to go smoke-free
KSFY - June 27, 2013

It's a workshop for landlords and property managers to talk more about smoke-free policy options, how they can be voluntarily adopted and, afterward, how they ...


Smoke-Free Housing
Jamestown Post Journal - June 26, 2013

More and more properties throughout the county are taking the initiative to become smoke free. Tuesday, the William B. Anderson Tower, located at 9 Crane St., ...


Rising from the ashes
Real Change News - June 26, 2013

Both mother and daughter live on a nonsmoking floor at the YWCA. Low-income housing providers struggle to balance the rights of smokers and nonsmokers.


Property Owners Invited to Learn About Implementing Smoke-Free ...
KELO AM-FM - June 21, 2013

Live Well Sioux Falls, in a partnership with the American Lung Association and the Sioux Empire Tobacco-Free (SET-Free) Coalition, invite owners of multi-unit ...


Landlords can prohibit smoking in common areas
Kenosha News (subscription) - June 21, 2013

This VOP is written as additional support and information for Terry Flores' article, “County working with landlords to provide smoke-free housing.” As staff ...


High Rise apartments are now smoke-free
Staples World (subscription) - June 20, 2013

Residents of the Staples High Rise celebrated the new smokefree policy that went into effect on May 1, 2013.


The Four Corner's Partnership, including Steele, Rice, Dodge and ...
Southernminn.com - June 20, 2013

It is part of the Partnership's new effort to organize a Coalition for Smoke-Free Housing. The coalition is made up of volunteers, such as property managers, ...


HOA HOMEFRONT : Reader questions — presidential authority ...
Press-Enterprise - June 19, 2013

Although boards have the legal power to ban smoking in common areas, that is not the end of the question. The question of “can we?” should be followed by ...


Smoke-free apartment complexes multiplying in Brandon area
Tbo.com - June 18, 2013

First smoking was banned on airplanes and in workplaces, then restaurants and ... The no-smoking addendum states that the smoking ban refers to the use or ..


Juneau smokers fight back on senior housing smoking ban
Ktoo - June 18, 2013

Mountain View Apartments for seniors and the disabled at 895 West 12th Street, Juneau., is one of several AHFC facilities to go totally smoke free in August.


Will Philly follow Wilmington's lead with smoke-free housing?
WHYY (Philadelphia, PA) - June 17, 2013

Back in 2011, the Philadelphia Department of Health sponsored a series of community meetings to gauge community sentiment on a range of tobacco control policies including the idea to ban smoking in public housing. ...


Related Companies Announces Nationwide Residential Smoke-Free Initiative
iStreetWire - June 17, 2013

The demand for smoke-free housing often exceeds the supply available, and over the past several years Related has worked to meet this demand by ...


Westminster Canterbury to Go Smoke Free
WSET - June 17, 2013

Lynchburg, VA - Starting May 1 2014, you will have to leave those packs of cigarettes at home when visiting the retirement community Westminster Canterbury ...


A Smoking Ban in All Related Companies Rentals
New York Times - June 14, 2013

... a major landlord has banned smoking in all of its apartments across the country. As of this month, the Related Companies has decided that tenants can no longer light up in the 40,000 rental units it owns or manages. ...


Four Corners Partnership Conducting Survey on Availability of ...
Patch.com - June 14, 2013

The Four Corners Partnership is conducting a local survey about housing as part of the Partnership's new effort to organize a Coalition for Smoke-Free Housing.


Mark Hayward's City Matters: Smoke-free living divides apartment ...
The Union Leader - June 13, 2013

SMOKING. Our government and our bosses have banned it from airplanes, restaurants, arenas, workplaces. Next in store: the home. Twelve days ago, the Carpenter Center — a subsidized housing project in downtown Manchester — went smoke-free. After more than a year of warnings, reworded leases and smoking-cessation programs, the residents of the 96 apartments were told to snuff out the butts in their individual apartments as of June 1. …


SAN DIEGO HOUSING COMMISSION GETS APPROVAL TO ...
RealEstateRama (press release) - June 12, 2013

SAN DIEGO HOUSING COMMISSION GETS APPROVAL TO ADOPT A SMOKE-FREE POLICY FOR ITS RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES FROM THE SAN DIEGO ...


Smoke-free zone
Daily Californian - June 10, 2013

At its May 28 meeting, Berkeley City Council discussed a smoke-free ordinance that could become an infringement on residents rights. The council must tread carefully in the future if it chooses to follow through on it. The proposed ordinance, which would ban tobacco smoking in leased multiunit housing such as apartments, fraternities, single occupancy hotel rooms and senior living facilities aims to protect Berkeley residents from exposure to secondhand smoke. The ordinance has an important goal but brings up some serious concerns. For one thing, the council must recognize that there is a difference between student multiunit housing, like cooperatives and fraternities, and regular apartment buildings. In communal living situations like student cooperatives, residents enter with the understanding that they could be exposed to secondhand smoke or that by living in a communal space, they might have to relinquish their right to smoke.


Smoke free apartments have smokers fuming
ABC 4 - June 7, 2013

LAYTON Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Tenants are being asked to quit or face eviction. That is the ultimatum facing tenants at the Skyline Apartments in Layton. The owners want a smoke free complex. They don't want anyone smoking on their property or inside the apartments.


City Council considers law prohibiting smoking in all Berkeley apartments
Daily Californian (UC Berkeley) - May 30, 2013

The ordinance, drafted with input from the citys Rent Stabilization Board and Community Health Commission, would change the Berkeley Municipal Code by banning smoking tobacco in leased multiunit housing, which includes apartments, fraternities and senior ...


MHN Interview: Encouraging Smoke-Free Buildings in NYC
Multi-Housing News - May 29, 2013

New YorkSmoking is a hot-button issue when it comes to apartments. Cigarettes can cause a lot of damage to an apartmentnot to mention the health riskwhich is causing a lot of buildings to go smoke-free. MHN speaks to Rachelle Rochelle, borough manager of the Brooklyn Smoke-Free Partnership, part of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, about how the Coalition educates property managers about why they should consider going smoke-free in their buildings.


Smoke Free, The Way It Should Be
Laguna Beach Independent - May 29, 2013

The city earned a 'D' grade with its ability to regulate smoke-free outdoor environments, and received an 'F' grade in smoke-free housing and how the city ...


Smoke Free Housing
knopnews2 - May 28, 2013

"We've been working with a number of apartment managers and developed a list of those that offer smoke free housing,” says George Haws, Cord., Community .


AHFC Seeks Comments on Smoke-Free Public Housing Units
KTUU.com - May 23, 2013

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is seeking comments on a plan to ban smoking in more than 600 of its public housing units. Comments are being taken through June 15. The smoke-free policy, if enacted by AHFC, would take effect Aug. 1.


Rochester Housing Authority considered smoke free housing initiative
News 10NBC - May 22, 2013

If you're going to light up, you'll have to move out. That's the message to hundreds of renters. The Rochester Housing Authority is implementing a new smoke free policy. Officials say the policy with allow the authority to eliminate second hand smoke, improve indoor air quality, decrease maintenance costs and help prevent fires. They say the new policy will help protect all of their residents.


Alaska Housing Finance Corp bans smoking in certain units
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - May 18, 2013

FAIRBANKS — Starting in August, residents of three downtown Fairbanks housing projects won’t be allowed to light up indoors, including in their own rooms. The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is banning smoking at its large multi-unit housing units as part of a new policy catalyzed by resident surveys that favored a smoking ban, said Director of Public Housing Cathy Stone. …


Large 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 ...


Eight 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.


Most 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 ...


Big 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.


Condo 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.


New 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.


Lafayette 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.


Duluth's 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.


Officials 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.


Glendale 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 ...


County 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 ...


Butt 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.


LETTER: 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 ...


Restrict 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.


Muscatine 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.


New 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 ...


Apartments go 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.


Knox 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. ...


Smoking 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.


Health 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. ...


Smoke-free 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. ...


Iowa 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. ...


Board 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.


Arcata to fine tune new smoking bans: Questions raised about APD's ability to enforce stricter rules
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. ...


Assembly 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. ...


Lafayette 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. ...


Bill 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 ...


Capitol 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 ...


Smoking 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 home’s 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


Smoke-free 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.


Ryan 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. …


More 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. ...


Live 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. ...


Smoked 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 Coralville’s 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 building’s no smoking policy was being lifted in residents’ apartments. Common areas such as hallways remain no-smoking. …


Housing 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. …


Walnut 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, ...


Santa 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 ...


Second-Hand 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 ...


Housing 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 ...


Springfield 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. …


Is 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 ...


Marin 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. …


Should 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.


Smoke-at-home 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.” …


More 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 ...


Massachusetts 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. …


No 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. …


Editorial: 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 …


The 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." …


Three 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." …


A 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, ...


Calif. 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.


Condo 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...


Broad 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 ...


Asheville 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 it’s long overdue for the health of everybody who occupies the dwelling,” said Lawrence Gilliam, president of the complex’s board. …


Raleigh's 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. …


DENNEY: 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 Levine’s 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. …


California 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. …


Smoking 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 ...


Board 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.


Raleigh 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. …


California 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


Greylock 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 ...


Two 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 don’t like smoking to begin with and when I start thinking about possible fires, I really start to worry."…


Smoking 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. …


Condo 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 ...


Muscatine 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 ...


Recent 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.


Smoke-free 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. …


Ashtabula 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. …


HASLO 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 ...


Housing 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 ...


Ohio 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 ...


St. 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. “It’s been kind of rough, but I’m doing OK,” the 85-year-old said of his St. Peter apartment complex’s recent ban on smoking anywhere in the building. …


Housing 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. …


Broward 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. …


Poll: 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? …


Landlords 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. …


In 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 ...


Our 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 ...


Johnston 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 ...


Woonsocket 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 ...


St 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 ...


Smoking 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. …


Petaluma 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. ...


Department 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. …


Visalia 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 ...


Smoking 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. …


Fort 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, ...


LETTER: 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. …


COYKENDALL: 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. ...


Luxury 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 …


Smoke 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. …


Housing 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. …


Erie 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. ...


Bloomberg 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. …


Secondhand 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 ...


Apartment 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 ...


New 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. …


Letter: 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.


EDITORIAL: 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. ...


Erie 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? …


King 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 ...


Proposal 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. ...


Letting 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. …


Fairhaven 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. …


St. 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. …


Smoke-free 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 ...


MaineHousing 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 ...


Grant 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. …


Public 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. …


Fort 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. …


Tacoma Housing Authority adopts smoking ban, dwellings to go smoke-free ...
TheNewsTribune.com (blog) - November 1, 2012

The battle over second-hand smoke moved into Tacoma’s publicly subsidized homes and apartments earlier this month – and smoking lost. In a 2 to 1 vote last week, the Tacoma Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners outlawed smoking inside all of the agency’s 1,400 dwellings.The ban, which is set to take effect March 1, will impact about 3,000 residents who live throughout the authority’s affordable housing network across the city. …


What 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. …


Santa 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." …


New 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. …


More 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 ...


San 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. …


Village 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 …


Joshua 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.


Santa 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 ...


Manatee's $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.


BHA 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 ...


San 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. …


County 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. …


Stevens 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 ...


Schenectady 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 ...


San 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. …


Boston 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 ...


Smokefree 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. …


'No 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. …


Housing 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. …


Fort 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. …


Secondhand 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. …


Butt 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 ...


Several 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. …


BHA 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. …


Cumberland 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. “It’s definitely happening,” said Ben Laudermilch, executive director of the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities, which oversees Two West Penn. …


Nashville's 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 ...


Senior 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 ...


Prince 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. …


Glendale 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 ...


Smoking 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.


In 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." ...


Second-hand 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 ...


Proposed 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, ...


Tobacco-Free 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, ...


Grant 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.


Group 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 ...


Racine 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 ...


Smoking 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. …


Santa 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.


Smoking 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 ...


Greenbelt 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.


More 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, and ...


Landlords 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. …


Bill 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 ...


Allentown's 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 ...


Smoking 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 ...


Eastern 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 ...


Smoking 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. …


Housing 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 ...


Public-housing 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. …


We 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. …


Mexico 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. …


HUD 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.


Residents 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, officials said.


Smoke-Free 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. ...


Officials 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 ...


Landlord 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 common areas.


Apartment 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.


Residents 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. ...


Marin 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 ...


Marin 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 ...


Outdoor 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.


Smokers find NYC rental search even more difficult
The Real Deal New York (blog) - May 22, 2012

Smokers looking for an apartment rental that doesn’t 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. …


Wanting 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 ...


County 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 ...


Secondhand 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. …


Apartment dwellers often subjected to neighbors' tobacco smoke
Exposure puts children at risk for respiratory diseases
EurekAlert, 2012-04-29

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. …


Hidden 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 ...


Monday 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)


Smoke-Free Residences
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. Bloomberg’s 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. ...


Blue 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. …


Kate 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. …


Bristol 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, ...


Bloomberg 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. …


Housing 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 ...


Smoking 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. …


San 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 ...


Spfld 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 ...


Elk 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 ...


Boston's 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.


58% 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 ...


House 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 ...


Ypsilanti 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 ...


Bill 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 this issue?

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, ...


County 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 ...


Smoking 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 ...


Secondhand 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. ...


LMHA 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.


Huntington 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 ...


YPSILANTI: 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 ...


Condo 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?


Most 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. ...


Ordinance 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 ...


Freeport 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 ...


Housing 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 …


City 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. ...


Fairmount Apartments smoking ban first for Chattanooga
Chattanooga (TN) Times & Free Press, 2012-01-29
Yolanda Putman

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.


Pierce 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 ...


Large 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, ...


Condo 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, ...



The secondhand smoke debate hits home

Washington Post (blog) - January 18, 2012

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: ...


Imperial 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. ...


State 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. ...


Sonoma County moves closer to smokeless
North Bay (CA) Business Journal - December 19, 2011

The first provisions of Sonoma County’s 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. ...


Public housing going smoke-free
Albany Times Union - December 18, 2011

Maine will become first state whose subsidized apartments ban smoking …


Increasingly, 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. ...



Marin supervisors to consider tough anti-smoking ordinance
Marin Independent-Journal - December 18, 2011

Larkspur has the toughest smoking restrictions in Marin. Under the ordinance, smoking wouldn't be allowed inside apartment and condominium units or on ...


Smoke-free 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, ...


WeHo 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.” ...


80% 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. ...


Apartments 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. ...


Braintree 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. ...


Public 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. ...


Marin 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.


Multi-Unit 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
Gilma Avalos

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. ...


Duran 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. ...


In 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 ...


Compton 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. ...


Apartments: 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, ...


Tenants 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. ...


Boston 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 ...


Initiative 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 mayor’s office. ...


Boston 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 ...


All 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) ...


Hub 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.


Boston 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 ...


East 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.


Economics, 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. ...


HRA 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 ...


Banning 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, ...


How 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 ...


Snub out secondhand smoke in multifamily dwellings
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online - September 22, 2011

There is a civil suit pending in Prince George’s County (Schuman v. Popovic) regarding exposure to secondhand smoke in multifamily dwellings ...


Sonoma 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. …


Where 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 Association’s 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. ...


Smoking 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. ...


Smoking 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. …


How 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.


Smoke-free 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 ...


Perry 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. ...


Smoking 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 ...


Legislature 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. ...


Smoke 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 ...


Baldwin 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 ...


Providence 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. ...


Maine 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 free.


SAHA 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. ...


Public 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. ...


Grants 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 ...


Bill 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 ...


Q & A: Adding Riders to Stabilized Leases
New York Times, 2011-07-06
JAY ROMANO

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 lease?

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. ...


Smoking 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. ...


Smoking 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. ...


It 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. ...


Everett 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 ...


Smoking 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 ...


Montgomery 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. ...


Housing 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 ...


Apartment Anti-Smoking Bill Raises Concerns for Weho Renters
The Senate-approved bill gives landlords power under California law to prohibit smoking inside rental units
Patch.org, 2011-05-20
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. ...


Ban 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 ...


2 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. ...


A 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 communities—subsequently lowering insurance rates and maximizing low-income housing funding.

Others say they’ve 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 now—and 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-smokers—80 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.


Affordable 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. ...


Co-op 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 ...


Should 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? ...


Smoking 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, ...


Public 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 ...


HRA 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. ...


Smoking 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. ...


Dublin 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 smoke-free ...


Smoke 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. ...


Iowa’s 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 we’re 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." ...


Sarasota 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. ...


Group 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, ...


Tenants 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 ...


Smoke-free condos in vogue
Condo boards and associations have the legal right to make their condominium property smoke free
Chicago Journal , 2010-12-29
DON DeBAT

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.


Some 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.


Smoking 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. ...


Burlington, 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. ...


St. 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 ...


Haltom 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 ...


Santa 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. ...


Chicago 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 ...


Brookline Health Department announces smoke-free housing contest
Brookline TAB - November 8, 2010

Brookline —

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 Department’s website ...


Smoking 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. ...


Public Housing, Private Vice; Should smoking be banned in people’s 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 Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood, the Washington-Beech housing development became the city’s debut smoke-free public housing site­the first step toward the Boston’s Housing Authority’s 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 pressure­“helping, prodding, assisting”­the move towards smoke-free housing goes much faster, Bergman says. …


Some 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." ...


Local Landlords Urged to Make Apartments Tobacco Free
WBNG-TV 12 (Johnson City, NY), 2010-10-26
WBNG News

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. ...


Home 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 ...


Coming 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 ...


Fourth-floor 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.
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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. ...


Smoking 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.


Woodland 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 public’s — 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." ...


No 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.


For 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 ...


Contra 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. ...


Smoke-free 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.


County 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." ...


Kennewick 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. ...



Smoking ban in public housing is right move
Corpus Christi Caller Times - September 22, 2010

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 shouldn’t have to work that hard to make its case. ...


HUD 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.


King 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. ...


Decision 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." ...


Menlo 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. ...



Stricter smoking ban one step closer in Menlo Park
The Almanac Online - Sandy Brundage - September 15, 2010

Menlo Park crept a step closer to expanding its smoking ordinance. After debating a few tweaks to the language and grilling the city attorney on how the ordinance would be enforced, the City Council voted 5-0 to introduce the new regulations at its Sept. 14 meeting.

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. ...



Menlo Park tightens smoking restrictions in public places
San Jose Mercury News - Bonnie Eslinger - September 15, 2010

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. ...


1418 N. LAKE SHORE DRIVE­ILLINOIS' FIRST SMOKE- CONDOMINIUM
NHD Buzz (press release) - September 13, 2010

CHICAGO—Condominium 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 property’s 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 & America
SFELP, September 10, 2010
http://mismokefreeapartment.org//NAHRO-MISFHsg9-9-10.pdf
http://mismokefreeapartment.org//NAHRO-MISFHsg9-9-10.ppt

At the 2010 Fall Conference of NAHRO-Michigan, SFELP’s 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.


Smoking 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.


Push 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 ...


Apartment smoking ban? Let's have the debate
TheNewsTribune.com - September 8, 2010

Washington’s 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. It’s 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 shouldn’t 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 people’s 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. ...


Salem 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." ...


Cook Inlet Housing’s 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 Smoke-Free
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 CIHA’s 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 CIHA’s 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. …


County 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. ...



South 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. ...


Snohomish 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 Inside Housing
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. ...


Smoke-free 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 ...


Pierce 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? ...


Tacoma 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?" ...


Battle 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. ...


Detroit Housing Commission adopts smoke-free policy for all properties, effective January 1, 2011
Smoke Free Environments Law Project (SFELP), 8/17/2010

… We're very pleased to report that the Detroit Housing Commission ­ Michigan’s 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.


Safety 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. ...


Most 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.


EDITORIAL: 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. ...


Wayland 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. ...


Council 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.

“It’s 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, it’s not your castle for various things already under the law,” Shriver said. “You can’t have certain controlled substances in your home. You can’t 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.”


Contra 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.


BHA 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 …


Contra 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." ...


Sebastopol 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. ...


Editorial: 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.


Sault Tribe Housing Authority offers smoke-free housing
SFELP, 7/20/2010

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 Tribe’s leadership role." ... The Sault Tribe Housing Authority manages more than 500 housing units across the Upper Peninsula.


Apartments 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 ...


Many 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. ...


More 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. ...


Should 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.


Smoking 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. ...



Smoking ban in public housing?
Stockton Record - Zachary K. Johnson - June 11, 2010

“They're interfering with people's rights,” Gusters said of a proposal to ban smoking in such developments. “If we choose to smoke, we choose to smoke. ...

Harbor 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 Point’s 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 Association’s 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. ...



Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority considering ban in its apartments
Lawrence Journal World - Chad Lawhorn - June 8, 2010

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 don’t smoke but are affected by the secondhand smoke and the impact it has on their property. And then, there’s the risk of fire.” ...


Smoking 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. ...



No smoking at Pasadena's new Westgate Apartments
Los Angeles Times, 2010-05-15
Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times

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.


City 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. ...


St. 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. ...


Winters 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. ...


Children living in apartments with nonsmoking adults still exposed
EurekAlert, 2010-05-01

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)


New 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 ...


HRA 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 public’s) 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 HRA’s.

However Duluth HRA will be the largest housing authority, with 750 units, in the state to go smoke-free thus far.


Winters 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. ...


Feds 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.


SM voters could decide smoking ban expansion
Santa Monica (CA) Daily Press, 2010-04-14
Nick Taborek

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. ...



Pleasant Hill adopts more stringent smoking rules
Contra Costa (CA) Times, 2010-04-07
Lisa P. White Contra Costa Times

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 ...


VT 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. ...


No 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
SFELP

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.


Milford Redevelopment and Housing Partnership Adopts Smoke-free Facility Policy -- 465 Units of Public Housing Covered; First Housing Authority in Connecticut to Do So
SFELP, 3/23/2010

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 Milford’s 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.


Public 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. ...


Working toward smoke-free living
Hudson (NY) Register Star, 2010-03-06
Jamie Larson

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. ...


Woman 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. ...


Manistee, Michigan becomes 33rd housing commission in state to adopt a smoke-free policy for some of its buildings
SFELP

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.


Housing 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 Authority’s CEO. Hiebert estimated about 20 percent of the housing authority’s 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 authority’s 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 authority’s 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 smoker’s apartment for a new, nonsmoking tenant “is just phenomenal,” Hiebert said.


Public 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. ...


Public 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. ...


Smokers 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. ...


Some 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. ...


Details 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. ...


Mayor 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 city’s cigarette-riden housing projects, which he vows to make smoke-free in the next four years. …


Santa 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. ...


Circle 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. ...


Vermont unveils 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.


Landlords 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. ...


Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation has received a grant from the Washington State Department of Health for creation of the Washington Public Housing Tobacco Prevention Network

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.


Little 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. ...


Prevalence 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 Family Sues Neighbor in Luxury Condo Over Secondhand Smoke

DNAinfo - Nicole Breskin - December 7, 2009

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 couldn’t breathe. They’d huddle together in one room and wait for the smoking to subside.” ...


Low-income 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. ...


New 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,” ...


Soon, 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."


City may make public housing a smoke-free zone
“You can’t smoke anywhere, now you can’t smoke at home?”
Columbia Daily Spectator (Columbia U.), 2009-11-19
Nicholas Bloom

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 can’t smoke anywhere, now you can’t 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 can’t 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 doesn’t have smoking,” ...


Korman 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.


NYC's 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. ...


For Some Smokers, Home’s 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 smoker’s 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. ...


3 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. ...


Tenants demand tougher anti-smoking laws
Santa Monica (CA) Daily Press, 2009-11-11
Melody Hanatani

"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. ...


Agencies ban smoking
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. ...


Menlo 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. ...


Charlevoix 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.


Peel 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.


Local 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. ...


AAP 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 ...


Monroe 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.


Peel 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. ...


Smoking 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. ...


HUD's 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.


Public 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. ...


No-smoking strategy: Apartment buildings start bans to draw new renters, keep peace among existing ones
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
Slate, 2009-10-02
William Saletan

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. ...


HUD's Non-Smoking 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.


Study Finds 22 Percent of Portland Rentals Smokefree
Willamette Week - Jonathan Crowl - Sep 24, 2009

The smoke is clearing from some of the Portland area’s 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. ...


Landlords, 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.” ...


250 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 I’ve 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 don’t allow smoking in their common areas. Nor did 250 Douglas Place, but now residents won’t 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. ...



Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority becomes 3rd Idaho housing authority to go smoke-free
SFELP, September 15, 2009

The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority (BCACHA) has adopted a smoke-free policy for all of its 3 buildings, with 214 units of elderly, disabled and family housing. The policy will be effective on November 1, 2009. Idaho is taking a real lead on smoke-free multi-unit housing for low-income people. Together with the Nampa Housing Authority and the Caldwell Housing Authority, I believe they now have their three biggest housing authorities in Idaho all with smoke-free policies for all their housing. Nampa was first in the fall of 2007, and Caldwell followed on January 1, 2009. Congratulations to all the Idaho folks who worked on this. We’re pleased to have been able to play a small part in this. To access the BCACHA web site click above. To access our listing of smoke-free housing authorities, click here.

Monroe 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.


No smoking rule must be included in lease agreement
Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, 2009-09-05
Anne Peterson

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.


SMOKE-FREE PUBLIC HOUSING: IT'S LEGAL, PROFITABLE & HUD SUPPORTS IT

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.



Smoke clears in Orleans condos
Cape Cod (MA) Times, 2009-08-22
Susan Milton

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. ...


Indoor 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.


Jim 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.

Apartment complex
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.

Secondhand smoke
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.” ...


Housing 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. ...


US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) memo re: smokefre policies
July 17, 2009

1 Purpose. This notice strongly encourages Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to implement non-smoking policies in some or all of their public housing units. ...


Amherst 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. ...


Atlanta's '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 Franklin’s goal to reduce the city’s 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. ...


Landlords 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. ...


Survey shows support for smoking ban in public housing
Duluth News Tribune - David Cowardin - July 22, 2009

Linda Ankrum doesn’t 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. ...


Smoke-Free 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 community’s 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, Archstone’s 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.” ...


American 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. ...


Housing 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. ...


Home Smoking Rules Tend to Vary by Race
Newswise, 2009-07-15
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 study found.
“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.


Richmond 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. ...


City 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. ...


An 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
Newsweek, 2009-06-27
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 time.
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. ...


Crescent 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 Charlotte’s historic South End neighborhood. It is the first 100-percent smoke-free community in Charlotte.

Circle at South End 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, 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. ...


MASON 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:

www.co.mason.wa.us/forms/Health/smoke_free_housing.pdf.


Part 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. ...


Council butts 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. ...


Conference 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, ...


At least 112 public housing authorities now have smoke-free policies for some or all their apartment buildings; About a 660% increase in past 53 months

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.


San 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. ...


Old 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.


Belmont 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 city’s 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 it’s a single-family residence. The idea was opposed by Councilman Warren Lieberman who said he was uncomfortable with adding further restrictions of residents. ...


More 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. ...


Bills 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, I’ve 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 I’m committed to finding a solution as we continue to work through the complex issues that exist." ...


Renters 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.


Smoke alarm: Oklahoma tenants get few tobacco-free options
While some areas are enacting restrictions, that's not the case here
NewsOK, 2009-04-25
VALLERY BROWN

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. ...


Landlords 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. ...


OUR 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 building’s 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 don’t 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. ...


Alliance 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 ...


Titusville Housing Authority passes new no smoking policy for tenants on oxygen
Titusville (PA) Herald , 2009-04-22
Stella Ruggiero

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.


Tough new smoking ordinance barely wins Council OK
The Community Voice (Rohnert Park, CA), 2009-04-21
Jud Snyder

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.


Brookline 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. ...


Caldwell 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.


Furey: 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.


Crescent 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.


Smoking 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.


Portland [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.


A Warning Label for Your Apartment Building: Disclosing Smoking Policies for Multi-Unit Buildings
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.


Smoke-free 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.


Housing 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. ...


Tacoma considers smoking ban options for housing
KING5.com - March 3, 2009

TACOMA, Wash. - You can’t 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.


One 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.


Smoke-free 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.


No 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 Guardian’s Sec. 8 and low-income housing tax credit developments.


Apartment 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.


Housing authority enacts smoking ban
Bangor Daily News, ME - January 29, 2009

The Brewer Housing Authority’s 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.


Belmont Journal - Smoking Ban Hits Home. Truly.
New York Times, 2009-01-27
JESSE McKINLEY

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 home.

Ms. Frederickson lives in an apartment in Belmont, Calif., a quiet Silicon Valley city that is now home to perhaps the nation’s 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...


Orleans 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."


Online 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 info@mnsmokefreehousing.org or at 651-646-3005.


Brewer Housing Authority extends smoking ban to all units
Bangor Daily News, January 21, 2009

The Brewer Housing Authority’s 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.


No law against tobacco smoke between homes
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 2009-01-19
KOKUA LINE

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. . . .


Landlords 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.


Council 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.


Apartment 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 girl’s father, a California civil litigator, who claims that the court’s 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.


Chicago's 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.


End of Year Heralds Record Numbers of Smoke-Free Apartments in Michigan and the Nation
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.


Couple 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.


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.


Smoke 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.


Smoking 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.


Smoking 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. “It’s 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.


When 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.


Smoke-free rentals gain steam in county
Daily Democrat, April 15, 2008

As many 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.


Walla Walla Housing Authority adopts smoke-free policy for all its 300 units; Washington state now has 5 housing authorities with SF policies

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.


Condo 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.


More 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.


Douglas County groups promote smoke-free housing
MARISSA HARSHMAN, mharshman@newsreview.info
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 city’s 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: Don’t 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. ...


Real 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 Leads Trend Towards Non-smoking Apartments
November 20, 2007

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.


Want 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.


Guardian 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.

"We 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."