In 2017, more half of Volusia County youth surveyed reported being exposed to second hand smoke or vapor smoke. The primary source of exposure was at home. Tobacco smoke can move along air ducts, through cracks in the walls and floors, through elevator shafts and along plumbing and electrical lines to affect units on other floors.
If you don't smoke but your neighbor does, you should be concerned about second hand smoke drifting into your unit. If you can smell it, you are breathing it.
Benefits of a smoke-free policy
Implementing 100 percent smoke-free environments is the only effective way to protect the population from the harmful effects of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Four out of five non-smokers would prefer a smoke-free building policy.
Nearly 63 percent of U.S. residents prefer living in smoke-free multi-unit housing.
Nationwide a growing number of tenants and owners are seeking smoke-free housing and are willing to pay more to ensure their home environments are smoke free.
Implementing a smoke-free policy in multi-unit housing has comprehensive economic benefits, including insurance discounts.
Smoke-free policies can eliminate the need to repair or replace carpeting, floors, fixtures, countertops or appliances damaged by burns or nicotine stains
Prohibiting smoking in all U.S. subsidized housing would save approximately $521 million per year, including $341 million in secondhand smoke related healthcare expenses, $108 million in renovation expenses, and $72 million in smoking-related fire losses.
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Our Tobacco Prevention Program can help you create a smoke-free policy at your condominium, apartment and workplace. If you would like to adopt a smoke-free policy or strengthen an existing policy, contact us today.