It takes only ONE person that smokes in an apartment building for the entire building to be affected by secondhand smoke.
- Secondhand smoke contains numerous harmful chemicals, and exposure to these chemicals is a serious health hazard.
- Secondhand smoke seeps through cooling and heating systems, light fixtures, ceiling crawl spaces, and doorways.
- Secondhand smoke cannot be controlled by ventilation, or the separation of smokers from non-smokers.
The US Surgeon General has stated there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.
The only solution is to make buildings smoke-free.
Everyone has the right to live in a healthy and safe environment.
You can make a difference! Help make your building smoke-free.
Many owners and managers do not realize that secondhand smoke is a problem in their buildings, so the first step is to let them know.
•Keep a log of when and where you smell smoke
•Make a list of solutions you have tried
•Keep track of symptoms and illnesses
•Communicate to the owner/manager that secondhand smoke is a problem
•Encourage neighbors to let the owner/manager know that secondhand smoke is a problem for them as well
•Remind the owner/manager that it is legal to adopt a smoke-free policy, just as it is legal to adopt a policy prohibiting pets, or conditions about noise
•Work together with your owner/manager and neighbors to adopt a smoke-free policy for your building
•Refer the owner/manager to the Apartment Owner and Manager section of this website
•If you have a disability and need help asking your owner/manager for a reasonable accommodation, contact the Silver State Fair Housing Council at (888) 585-8634
•Contact your local elected officials such as a city council member, a county commissioner, or a state legislator to let them know the need to support a healthy and safe environment free from secondhand smoke