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Breathe Easy

Your Health Matters to Us
SMOKE-FREE COMMUNITIES

Smoke-free measures improve quality of life. While some of these results are easy to see, others are less obvious. Breathe Easy is designed to create a better place for you to live.

  • Protect against secondhand smoke
  • Reduce the risk of fires
  • Enjoy the smell of fresher homes and common areas
  • Decrease maintenance costs
  • Improve cleanliness and the community’s overall appeal

Our Breathe Easy smoke-free policy is active in most of our communities, and more communities will transition soon! If you have questions or concerns, please contact our team at [email protected], or reference our FAQ below. What Matters to You, Matters to Us.

Frequently
ASKED QUESTIONS

A smoke-free apartment is one where smoking is not permitted in the unit and adjacent units sharing the same common air handling or HVAC system. This assures that cigarette smoke won’t drift from one unit to another.

It is completely legal to designate rental units as smoke-free.

In July 2009, HUD issued PIH-2009- 21, and in May 2012, issued PIH-2012-25, which strongly encourage apartment communities to adopt smoke-free housing policies. On September 15, 2010, the Assistant Secretary for Housing issued Notice H 2010-21 to encourage owners and management agents in HUD’s Multifamily Housing rental assistance programs to implement smoke-free housing policies.

There is no legal right to smoke. Smokers are not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or other federal law.

Currently, there’s no federal law requiring multifamily housing to be smoke-free.

There are several reasons:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 50,000 deaths occur annually in the United States as a result of secondhand smoke-related illnesses, including from heart disease, asthma, lung cancer and other respiratory ailments.
  • It is a Group A carcinogen – a substance known to cause cancer in humans for which there is no safe level of exposure.
  • Increased illnesses in children have also been linked to second-hand smoke.
  • According to the American Association of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the only means of effectively eliminating health risks associated with indoor exposure to tobacco smoke is to ban smoking activity.

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