Smoke-Free Housing Initiative
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The aim of the Smoke-Free Housing Initiative is to reduce tenants' exposure to secondhand smoke by increasing the number of multi-unit dwellings with smoke-free policies.
- Only 15.9% of Connecticut residents smoke
- The majority of homes (79.5%) in Connecticut have a smoke-free rule
- There is no safe level of second-hand smoke
- Exposure to second-hand smoke can cause lung cancer in non-smokers and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Second-hand smoke can also exacerbate asthma
- Second-hand smoke contains 70 cancer-causing chemicals
- No smoking policies are legal
- Smoke-free policies can be adapted incrementally or all at once
Benefits for Business
- Decreased turnover costs. The average cost to turnover a non-smoking unit is $560. The average cost to turnover a smoking unit is $2,663.
- Reduced risk of fire. The number one cause of fire is smoke-materials. Smoke-free policies decrease the risk of fire.
- Reduced legal liability. Landlords are required to provide safe, habitable living environments. Tenants have sued and won for health problems exacerbated by second-hand smoke.
- Reduced insurance premiums. Insurance company may offer a discount or credit for 100% smoke-free, multi-unit dwellings.
Tools for Property Owners / Managers
Cost impact chart
Smoke-Free Housing – Policy Adoption Checklist
Sample Letter to Notify Tenants of Smoke-Free Building Policy
CT Quit Line
Sample tenant survey
Sample lease addendum
Links to HUDs smoke-free housing toolkits
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=pdfowners.pdf (Property Owners)