As of today, July 30, all HUD housing is to go smoke-free, protecting residents in multi-unit housing from dangerous secondhand smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, and in multi-unit housing, smoke can travel between units through hallways, windows, cracks in the ceiling, plumbing, and other routes.
According to the CDC, even in adults who've never smoked, secondhand smoke can cause heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke. For more information about secondhand smoke, click this link.
Not only do smoke-free housing policies protect the health of tenants and staff, they reduce risk of fire and cut turnover costs. More information about the HUD ruling and benefits to residents and employees by clicking this link.
For information on smoke-free housing policies in multi-unit housing, contact the Tobacco Action Coalition of the Finger Lakes using our contact page.