Tobacco-Free Housing Initiative
Tobacco Free Housing Website
The Maine Smoke-Free HousingCoalition has a website with free advertising for landlords/owners and offers a place where tenants can find smoke-free housing
78% of Maine public housing tenants who rent prefer to live in smoke-free buildings but only 41% of apartments in Maine are smoke free.
Smoke free buildings do not have cigarette smoke coming under the doorways and through the heating vents from people in the building who do smoke.
Second handsmoke can cause debilitating conditions in all ages of people and contains over 50 chemical compounds that cause cancer in humans and animals. Residues from the toxic chemicals can remain in the carpets and on the walls for many years, which now has been labeled third-hand smoke. This is equally dangerous to young children and pets who play closer to the floor and to the furniture.
Landlords/ owners can save up to six times the cost of apartment turnover and save money on insurance costs by reducing the risk of fire. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of apartment fires.