Tenants & Residents
Up to 65% of the air in apartment buildings may be recirculated throughout the entire building. So if your neighbor is smoking in their unit, or even outdoors, secondhand smoke can still enter your home by
- Drifting into your unit through windows and doorways;
- Moving through your building’s heating and air conditioning vents into your unit;
- Getting through cracks in plaster, sheet rock and around pipes, electrical sockets and other openings.
For many years we have known about the dangers of tobacco use, and now we know that secondhand smoke is dangerous, too. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General has stated there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure, and even low levels of drifting smoke can be dangerous. Studies have found that almost a third of adult renters are exposed to secondhand smoke from cigarettes in their building.
Take a stand!
Talk to your landlord today about a no-smoking policy for your building. Going smoke-free is the only way to guarantee your protection from secondhand smoke.
Many multi-unit property owners believe they don’t have the right to make their housing units smoke-free, but they DO have the right. In fact, the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act allows owners and managers to make rules for their property and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development encourages property owners to put smoke-free policies in place. Across Colorado and throughout the country, the number of smoke-free housing policies continues to grow as a way to support the health of residents and reduce costs associated with smoking in units.
The information included on this website is provided free of charge for the visitor’s convenience with the understanding that Jefferson County Public Health is not engaged in, nor qualified to render legal advice. This website is intended to provide basic information about smoking and the rights of housing providers and tenants with regard to secondhand smoke exposure. Jefferson County Public Health does not warrant that the information included or referenced herein is complete, accurate and/or updated. Jefferson County Public Health disclaims any liability to any person or entity for any loss or damage caused by errors, inaccuracies or omissions, or usage of this information. All risk of loss or damage is solely that of the user of this website. The information provided does not constitute legal advice and should not be interpreted as such. It is not a substitute for advice by licensed, legal professionals. Consult an attorney with any questions or concerns you may have.