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Common Interest Communities Research

Despite the growing smoke-free rental property movement, there has been little information about and movement toward smoke-free owner-occupied common interest communities such as condominiums and townhomes.

In response to the need for more information on this topic, in 2009, the Center for Energy and Environment, in partnership with the Public Health Law Center and the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota, surveyed 17 Minnesota property managers and a random sample of 495 residents of owner-occupied common interest communities in order to determine how often residents experience and report exposure to secondhand smoke in their common interest community.(1)

In addition, the Public Health Law Center conducted legal research about implementing and enforcing smoke-free policies in such communities. The following fact sheets provide a summary of findings from all three research areas.

This project was supported with a grant from ClearWay MinnesotaSM.


Research that was conducted in apartment buildings, including the air-transfer between units, may also be of interest or use to you.