Smoke Free Housing

Smoke-Free Housing

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.


If you or your family are exposed to unwanted secondhand smoke in your apartment due to smoke drifting from a neighboring tenant, you can take steps to combat the problem. Visit the New York State Smoke-Free Multi Unit Housing website at to obtain the Tenant’s Guide to Smoke-Free Housing, and contact TACFL for guidance and support.

The Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes is working 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 website where they can learn more about the benefits to adopting a no-smoking policy.

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) encourages no-smoking policies. As of October 2014, more than 500 public housing authorities throughout the country and at least 21 in New York have adopted no-smoking policies for some or all of their units.

Visit for the following resources:

  • Tenant’s Guide to Smoke-Free Housing
  • New York Landlord Smoke-Free Housing Toolkit
  • New York Guide to Smoke-Free Condominiums
  • New York Guide to Smoke-Free Housing Cooperatives
  • Benefits of No Smoking Policies in Affordable Housing
  • Registry of Smoke-Free Housing in New York State
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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