Tobacco-Free Multi Unit Housing

Tobacco-Free Staten Island works with landlords and property managers to protect the health and wellness of all residents.

If you live in a building that has multiple apartments, the decision to live a smoke-free life isn’t totally in your hands.  While you can decide not to smoke, or smoke in your apartment, other tenants may not feel the same way.  When your neighbor smokes in their apartment, cigarette smoke can travel from their apartment to yours.  Second-hand smoke can travel from one unit to another through electrical outlets, holes from plumbing and ventilation ducts. 


•    Cigarette smoke can drift from neighboring apartments and create an unhealthy living situation for everyone in the building.
•    The Surgeon General has stated that there is no safe level of second hand smoke. 
•    Second hand smoke contributes to asthma, heart disease and cancer
•    Second hand smoke can then turn into third hand smoke.  (Third hand smoke is residual nicotine left on surfaces by tobacco smoke)
•    Third hand smoke can significantly impact infants and pets  
•    Smoking is one of the leading causes of household fires and the #1 cause of fire deaths in the United States
•    Smokers can still live in buildings with smoke-free housing.  


•    There is no constitutional right to smoke
•    According to a community survey of property owners in 6 upstate NY counties, 97% of landlords who have a no-smoking policy are satisfied with their decision.
•    Most renters want smokefree housing.  In New York, 74% of non-smokers favor no-smoking policies where they live.
•    No smoking policies prevent fires and protects your investment.
•    Reduces the cost of maintenance.  

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SmokeFreeHousingNY is funded by the New York State DOH Tobacco Control Program. Our common goal is to protect the health of NYS residents by increasing the availability of smoke-free multi-unit housing throughout the State. We have assisted public housing authorities, nonprofit community development corporations and market rate apartment management companies to adopt no-smoking policies in their communities