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This presentation goes over how easy it is to adopt a smoke free housing policy for apartment managers and explains how this type of policy is within their rights.

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  • 1. Smoke-Free Housing Provided By: Tobacco Use Prevention Program Staff at Sedgwick County Health Department

2. "Currently, the only way to effectively eliminate health risk associated with indoor exposure is to ban smoking activity." American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers 3.

  • "Smoke-free apartment communities not only promote a healthy resident population, but also a healthy bottom line for owners and investors." -Dave Watkins, Chairman of the Board of the National Apartment Association

4. Secondhand Smoke

  • Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
  • Approximately 53,000 people die annually from diseases caused by secondhand smoke, with hundreds of thousands more suffering ill effects from exposure.

5. 6.

  • Tenants want to breathe smoke free air in their apartments;
  • Drifting secondhand smoke is a health hazard and decreases tenants' quality of life;
  • It is legal to adopt a non-smoking policy;
  • A non-smoking policy saves you money:
    • Reduce maintenance costs
    • Reduce turn-over time and costs
    • Reduce fire risk
  • Non-smoking units are easy to fill because most tenants want to live in a non-smoking building.


  • The most important fact? A smoke-free policy isNOTdiscriminatory.

8. Myths vs. Reality

  • Myth 1:
  • If I implement a smoke-free policy, I will lose money.

9. Myths vs. Reality

  • Myth 2:
  • A smoke-free policy will alienate tenants. I will lose valuable residents.

10. Myths vs. Reality

  • Myth 3:
  • Enforcing a smoke-free policy would be too difficult.

11. Save Money, SaveYour Building

  • Some interesting facts:
    • Maintenance Savings
    • Risk of Fire- Smoking is the leading cause of household fires.Of the property completely destroyed in 2002, an estimated $6.055 billion occurred in residential structures, an estimated $926 million of which occurred in apartments. (NFPA Fire Analysis and Research, Fire Loss in the U.S. During 2002.)
    • Improved Resale Value

12. How To Make Your Buildings Smoke-Free

  • Step 1:
  • Survey Residents
    • How many smokers/nonsmokers?
    • Demand for smoke-free housing/units?
    • How many buildings/units should be nonsmoking?
    • Handout - Healthy Air Survey

13. How To Make Your Buildings Smoke-Free

  • Step 2:
  • Phase-In Changes
    • Decide when to make change: pick a date, or phase-in as residents turn-over
    • Change lease provisions
      • Provide copy of policy
      • Have residents sign that they understand!
    • Place Clear signs around the property

14. What To Include InYour Policy

  • List of the places where smoking is and is not allowed
  • Who the policy applies to (tenants, guests, staff, service persons, etc.)
  • Who is responsible for enforcing the rule
  • Consequences for violations
  • Effective date of the policy
  • Definition of smoking
  • Whether to have a designated smoking area outside (make sure it is located 25 feet away from doors, windows, and major walkways)
  • Sample Policy handout

15. How To Make Your Buildings Smoke-Free

  • Step 3:
  • Notice, Notice, Notice!
    • Give tenants at least the same amount of notice as the time period for which they pay rent 30 days
    • 60 or 90 days notice is even better
    • Designate which units are smoke-free or all of them
    • Make the smoke-free policy part of the new applicant process
    • Include no smoking in tenant responsibilities
    • Create outdoor smoking areas, if you wish

16. How To Make Your Buildings Smoke-Free

  • Step 4:
  • What will this cost?
    • Policy and lease agreement development: $0 (see handout)
    • Tenant education and Policy Promotion: cost of photo-copying
    • Smoke-free policy signs: $10 to $25 each
    • Smoke-free property:Priceless!

17. 18. Fire damages Commodore Apartments February 6, 2009 Wichita, KS

  • Wichita Eagle:
  • Careless smoking ignited a fire that damaged an apartment at the Commodore Apartments early this morning. The resident of Apartment 713 told authorities he was smoking when he fell asleep on the sofa. He woke up and decided to go to the bathroom.
  • When he came back out, the sofa was on fire. The damage estimate for the fire has been set at $40,000.

19. Kansas Tobacco Quitline 20. 21. Resources

  • American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation
  • http ://
  • Smoke-free Oregon
  • How Landlords Can Prohibit Smoking in Rental Housing

22. Becky Tuttle Hilary Meister 660-7251 660-7198 [email_address] [email_address]