Get the Facts!

There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is a major trigger for asthma, especially for children.
  • Landlords and property owners/managers can and often do make their entire buildings smoke-free.
  • To ensure a smoke-free home environment check that your lease says that the building is 100% smoke-free, including balconies and patios.
  • The only way to completely remove the dangers of secondhand smoke from a building is to eliminate smoking in the building. Here are a few steps you can take while you work with your landlord or property owner or manager and other tenants toward a smoke-free living space.
    • Ask your landlord help improve the air quality by:
      • Adding more fresh air intake into the ventilation system.
      • Cleaning, changing or installing better filters in the ventilation system.
      • Restricting the amount of air exhausted through the ventilation system from the units of tenants who smoke.
      • Speak with tenants who smoke and request they smoke only near open windows and with enhanced air filtration (fans, etc.).
      • Install door sweeps to keep out drifting smoke.
      • Fill or patch all cracks around plumbing pipes and those inside of cabinets on common walls.
      • Inspecting the structure of your residence, sometimes structural weaknesses will allow secondhand smoke seepage.


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