In addition to reducing the
well-known health risks of exposure to first and secondhand smoke, going smoke-free
can dramatically reduce turnover costs in your units. If your property is considering joining this growing movement, check out these helpful resources:
- The American Heart Association
and National Cancer Society
have helpful articles about first and secondhand smoke and the health risks
associated with each.
- In December 2007, the National
Apartment Association’s publication, UNITS, published an issue called “Clearing
the Air” that was dedicated to an industry-wide discussion of the smoke-free
trend. To read the issue online, click here.
- In addition to detailing the harmful
effects of smoking, this
guide by the Center for Disease Control also outlines the bottom-line
benefits for businesses that decide to implement a smoke-free policy.
you know that smoke-free businesses have negotiated for lower fire
and property insurance premiums, with some businesses winning reductions of
25–30 percent? (HealthNowMA)
National Center for Healthy Housing published a Green
FactSheet for property owners, landlords and property managers who are interested
in exploring a smoke-free policy for their multi-unit buildings
- Did you know that it costs more that 6 times
the amount to turn over a nonsmoking unit to rehabilitate a unit that was
heavily smoked in? (Smoke-Free Housing New England)
- The Department of Housing and Urban
Development recently released a smoke-free toolkit for property owners
that include a sample resident survey and information to implement a no-smoking
- Although managed in California, the Smoke Free Apartment House Registry
contains listings from all across the nation that have chosen to go smoke-free
and also has helpful resources and a sample smoke-free policy.
- Did you know
that Craigslist lists non-smoking units?
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