Landlords, tenants and homeowners alike are discovering the benefits of smokefree policies in homes and rental units. For tenants, a smokefree policy means clean, healthier air in their homes, hallways and common areas. For landlords and property managers, a smokefree policy means reduced property damage and turnover costs, and the potential for insurance savings due to reduced fire risk.
While 81% of Mat-Su Borough residents report having a household ban on smoking indoors, more than 10,000 adults and some 3,100 youth say they are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes. Most of this exposure is due to smoke coming from adjacent apartments that drifts through doorways, hallways, floors, cracks in walls, electrical lines and air ducts.
Just like prohibiting pets, landlords and housing authorities can legally prohibit smoking. Smokefree policies are not discriminatory. They do not prohibit smokers from living in the building; they simply prohibit smoking in the building or on the property, or they restrict smoking to designated outdoor areas, away from doorways, windows and common areas.
Whether you are a homeowner, landlord or tenant, the Alaska Smokefree Housing Partnership has information and materials online to help you make the move to clean, healthy, smokefree homes. For additional online information, visit the American Lung Association or Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights.