An unexpected impact of living in multi-unit housing (MUH) is dealing with the risk of being exposed to harmful secondhand smoke. This is the reality for nearly 80 million people that live in multi-unit housing across the US. This exposure is especially dangerous for children, those that are pregnant, the elderly, and people with chronic illnesses. Unfortunately, many that deal with secondhand smoke from neighbors do not realize the health effects or that they can do anything about it.
Below are resources and educational materials related to smokefree multi-unit housing to help empower your communities.
TECC Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing Educational Materials
Exposure to secondhand smoke is a real threat to California residents living in multi-unit housing. As such, TECC has developed smokefree multi-unit housing educational materials. There are several new and revised materials, including fact sheets for both renters and landlords, family-focused brochures, and more. Many of these educational materials are also translated into Spanish, making them accessible to more communities.
Brows TECC’s selection of MUH material here.
TECC Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing Calculator
For landlords interested in the cost-benefit of converting units into smokefree housing, TECC has developed a helpfull tool, the Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing Calculator. This resource allows landlords to create an itemized list of the costs involved with turning over a smoking unit vs. a smokefree unit. Because turning over a smoking unit is on average $5,000 more than turning over a non-smoking unit, this tool allows landlords to clearly see the savings involved with converting units.
Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing Resources
For more multi-unit housing resources, check out the Smokefree Apartment House Registry. This comprehensive guide has an entire section for landlords that provides information on the importance of providing smokefree housing, costs involved with restoring smoke-damaged apartments, how to adopt no smoking policies for buildings, and more.
The Public Law Center has also developed a housing page on their website that provides up-to-date resources and fact sheets on smokefree multi-unit housing for both tenants and landlords. Finally, landlords that want to learn more can read TobaccoFree CA’s article “Convert To A Smokefree Property.”