TENANTS WITH DISABILITIES MADE WORSE BY BEING EXPOSED TO THEIR NEIGHBORS’ SECONDHAND SMOKE MAY SEEK LEGAL ACTION UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT & THE FEDERAL FAIR HOUSING ACT.

Words From Happy Smoke-Free People

“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

“Our decision to go smoke-free was in response to a resident survey we conducted. The responding majority wanted to go smoke-free. We also knew that secondhand smoke disproportionally affects the most vulnerable, children and the elderly—two of our largest populations. Also, we decided to go smoke-free for operational reasons, specifically the cost savings due to reduced maintenance and turnover costs. It was a win-win situation, so there was no question that we would go smoke-free. We’ve received positive feedback from tenants. Even people who smoke support living in smoke-free environments. It’s a marketing plus and positive.”
- Lindsey Dixon, Cook Inlet Housing Authority

“We no longer have to call in a whole team to scrub and scrape a smoker’s apartment upon move out. Naturally, we embrace the reduced maintenance expense. By eliminating smoking in our units, our tenants and employees are breathing cleaner air, which is invaluable. Residents and their guests who have respiratory ailments, allergies, or other conditions relating to smoke are now able to breathe easier in our rental units and buildings.”
- Norton Gregory, Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority

“We decided to go smoke-free because we had received complaints from our elderly tenants prior to adopting the policy. Since going smoke-free, we’ve experienced decreased maintenance expenses. Carpeting cost is the main one—less smoke damage to the carpeting.”
- Dave McClure, Bristol Bay Housing Authority

“We decided to go smoke-free due to the complaints from tenants and maintenance staff regarding secondhand smoke within the buildings. A third deciding factor was the fire risk. Going smoke-free eliminates the possibility of catastrophe such as a fire.”
- Guy Adams, Northwest Inupiat Housing Authority

“We made all the housing smoke-free for two reasons: First, it is very costly to refurbish the apartments when someone’s been smoking in them—up to $10,000 for one unit. Second, our mission is to enable seniors to live as independent as possible, for as long as possible, and one of the ways we can do that is to ensure they have clean indoor air to breathe.”
- Ingrid Ling, Executive Director, Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. (100% smoke-free housing since 2012)

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