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In 2012, almost 85% of Nova Scotians did not smoke (CTUMS). A 2008 survey of NS residents living in multi-unit housing complexes found that a majority would prefer to live in smoke-free buildings.

Recognizing harms associated with second-hand smoke, the Nova Scotia government has gone a long way to protect the public from the known health risks of exposure to second-hand smoke in workplaces and public places. Hotels have been offering both smoking and non-smoking rooms for decades, and many are now moving to ban smoking outright. Landlords, Condominium Corporations and Housing Co-operatives can also play an important role by offering smoke-free housing options.

Here you will find information on second-hand smoke, the demand for smoke-free housing and its benefits. It is a persuasive reason for condominium developers and corporations to create a non-smoking provision in their declaration and by-laws.

Condominium developers and corporations can play a role in protecting owners and visitors by creating a non-smoking provision in the declaration and by-laws for condominium developments. Condominium corporations can also play an important role by addressing complaints of second-hand smoke.

Consider the following:

  • It is possible to create smoke-free provisions in the declaration and by-laws.
  • Smoke-free living is the norm in NS. In 2011, approximately 5% of non-smokers over the age of 12 were exposed to second-hand smoke in their home. (Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey).
  • Second-hand smoke causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke.
  • Non-smoking owners are no longer tolerating other people's smoke coming into their homes and making them sick.
  • Demand for smoke-free homes is on the rise. Yet there is a major shortage of smoke-free options. This is especially problematic for those with chronic illnesses and conditions.
  • The benefits are huge. Going smoke-free makes for healthy residents and a safer community.
  • Creating smoke-free multi-unit condominium developments makes good economic sense and there's strong market demand. Why wait? Check out our How-to Guide for steps on how you can make it happen.


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How-to Guide



The information and materials contained on this website are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be and should not be construed to be legal advice or a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a lawyer.

Adapted with permission from the smokefreehousingbc.ca website produced by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, on behalf of the BC Healthy Living Alliance.

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