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Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

Smoke-Free Housing

Adopting a No-Smoking Policy

New Yorkers are well aware that living in a smoke-free home is one of the best things they can do for their family’s health and to protect their property. Increasingly, landlords throughout New York are adopting no-smoking policies to reduce fire risk, save on maintenance costs, decrease the potential for legal liability due to non-smoking tenants’ exposure to secondhand smoke and to improve tenant health. A no-smoking policy does not exclude smokers; it protects the health of all residents from harmful secondhand smoke.

SHAC works with landlords and apartment managers to encourage them to adopt no-smoking rules for their buildings. You can help by directing your landlord to the New York State Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing (SFMUH) website where they can learn more about the benefits to adopting a no-smoking policy. SHAC can provide you with the tools and resources to help you do that with their Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Toolkit.

To request our Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Toolkit please reach out to Hannah Weltzer using the contact information or form located at the bottom of the page. 

The toolkit includes:

  • Rationale for SFMUH policies

  • Health benefits

  • Tenant surveys

  • Sample policies

  • Sample signage

Landlords and Property Owners 

Throughout New York State and across the country, apartment owners are recognizing the benefits to adopting a no-smoking policy. A smoke-free policy is a great way to protect your property from damage, fires, and excessive wear and tear. You will also gain a market advantage by providing a healthy environment for all tenants and guests. As more people become aware of the health hazards of secondhand smoke, smoke-free policies are an amenity that most tenants want.

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandates that all 100% HUD-funded properties go smokefree. This ruling protects tenants all across the country.

SHAC has assisted properties across Livingston and Monroe Counties to go smoke-free and continues to assist properties in beginning this process.

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