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Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing

The ability to live in a smokefree home is a choice that everyone should have. Unfortunately for those who live in multi-family buildings such as apartments and condominiums, breathing secondhand smoke from neighboring units has become a real health problem. Secondhand smoke exposure is dangerous at any level, and secondhand smoke often times seeps into neighboring units through cracks in the walls, ventilation systems and open windows.

Communities across the state have taken steps to address this issue, by passing laws that limit or prohibit smoking in and around multi-family housing, including the establishment of non-smoking units and non-smoking common areas. We track these policies and provide resources for anyone wishing to implement similar policies in their own communities. These resources are below:

Top of the ClassTop of the Class: Cities and Counties with Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing Policies: December 2013
Sept2015HousingLocal California Smokefree Housing Policies: Detailed Analysis: September 2015
Sept2015HousingMatrix of Strong Local Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing Ordinances: September 2015
SF HA MUH Dec 2013Matrix of Smokefree Housing Authority Policies: December 2013
Common Areas ThumbnailList of Communities with Policies Restricting Smoking in Outdoor Common Areas of Multi-Unit Housing: December 2013
Policy Wonk Dec 2013 ThumbnailBecoming a Policy Wonk on Nonsmoking Housing Units Ordinances: December 2013
Rural Housing Authority ImageMatrix of Smokefree Housing Authority Policies in Rural California: October 2013
SB 332 imageUnderstanding California’s New Smokefree Housing Law: November 2011


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