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.
New policies are already in place at some communities. More communications are on the way.
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Q: What is considered a smoke-free dwelling or apartment?
A: 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.
Q: Is it illegal for a landlord or owner to designate units smoke-free?
A: It is completely legal to designate rental units as smoke-free.
Q: What is the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) position regarding smoke-free dwellings?
A: 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.
Q: Don’t individuals have a “right” to smoke in their homes if they choose?
A: There is no legal right to smoke. Smokers are not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or other federal law.
Q: Why aren’t all apartment communities smoke-free?
A: Currently, there’s no federal law requiring multifamily housing to be smoke-free.
Q: Why is there such concern about secondhand smoke in workplaces, public places and living spaces?
A: There are several reasons:
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