Secondhand Smoke- It’s no Joke
There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure for you and your family. Secondhand smoke is produced from a number of sources, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah, electronic smoking devices (also known as e-cigarettes or vapes) and marijuana smoking/vaping devices. Smoke can drift into your home through windows, vents, electrical outlets and other places, even if you do not allow smoking in your home.
Since you rent your home; you can work with your property manager or property owner to create a smokefree policy for your property. Your local tobacco control program can also help you educate your property manager and local legislators on the benefits of adopting a smokefree housing policy for your community.
Here are some steps you can take to begin working towards a truly smokefree home for you and your family:
You can also follow steps detailed above with the exception of number three. In which case you can replace by researching your city’s ordinance laws. Do they mention not bothering neighbors with noise or other nuisance behaviors (smoking can be classified as a “nuisance” behavior in certain situations)?
Home Owner’s Associations and rent-controlled properties
Many homes, condominiums, or even rental properties can be a part of a Home Owner’s Association (HOA). A HOA’s purpose is to provide a common basis for preserving, maintaining and enhancing homes and property! You can work with your HOA to adopt and implement a smokefree policy for their community! Some apartments and properties might be subject to rent-control. If your home or property is rent-controlled, you can still work with your local tobacco control program to work towards a smokefree policy for your community.
Are you a property owner, manager or landlord? Check out resources for you here.