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Renters and Smoke-Free Multi-Housing

Are you experiencing secondhand smoke coming into your unit from another source in your apartment building? You are not alone. Almost 50% of Minnesota renters say that secondhand smoke gets into their apartment from somewhere else. Of those experiencing secondhand smoke in their apartment, 37% say it bothers them "a lot" or "so much I'm thinking of moving."(1)

Even if you do not allow smoking in your unit, secondhand smoke can still find its way into your home. Secondhand smoke can drift through:

  • Open windows and doorways
  • Shared air and heating vents
  • Electrical outlets
  • Cracks in plaster and sheet rock
  • Gaps around pipes and other structural openings
  • Baseboards and under carpeting

 

Live Smoke Free can help residents who are suffering from secondhand smoke exposure in their rental unit. We can provide you with:

  • Strategies for how to talk to your neighbors and property manager about the problem
  • Legal facts regarding smoke-free apartment policies
  • Temporary fixes you can try in order to get some short-term relief. *Though we do caution that the only way to completely eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke is by having a smoke-free building.

 

Search our Smoke-Free Housing Directory to find smoke-free rental buildings all over Minnesota.

We encourage you to print out and share our materials with your neighbors and property manager. You may also want to check out the property managers' section for information on how your property manager can adopt a smoke-free building. Contact Live Smoke Free if you have specific questions or if you would like to receive printed materials for your property manager or neighbors.

For Owner-Occupied Residents

If you live in a condominium, town home, co-op, or other type of common interest community, please access our Common Interest Communities materials or contact Live Smoke Free for further information. 

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