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While provincial laws provide Nova Scotians with protection from second-hand smoke where they work, eat, and play, many people are still being exposed to unwanted second-hand smoke if they live-in multi-unit housing, including housing co-ops.

Smoke-free housing is about increasing options for smoke-free living.

Despite public support for smoke-free homes, there has been a critical shortage of smoke-free housing co-ops for Nova Scotians who want and need to live smoke-free.

In April 2011, the Province adopted a comprehensive tobacco control strategy, Moving Toward a Tobacco-Free Nova Scotia. In this document, Article 4.18 encourages landlords and condominium corporations to voluntarily provide smoke-free housing options to Nova Scotians. Co-ops are encouraged to consider taking similar action.

There is a strong societal trend toward smoke-free living. A non-smoking lease is an exciting marketing opportunity for housing co-ops who want to take advantage of this untapped market. As the public becomes more aware of the dangers of exposure to second-hand smoke, they are no longer willing to breathe other people's smoke in their own home.

A recent Canadian review of research identifies a number of impacts related to smoke-free housing policies. Read the review here.

As housing co-ops become smoke-free, we hope they will register the smoke-free building on our online Smoke-Free Housing Registry. This may help if you wish to move from a co-op where smoking is permitted to one that is smoke-free.

Click on "How-to Guides" at the right to learn how to make new or existing co-operative housing smoke-free.

Why Choose Smoke-Free Housing

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing and You

The following information was developed for rental properties and condominiums but much of it is applicable to co-operative housing.

A Rental Property Owners' and Condo Corporations' Guide to Smoke-Free, Multi-Unit Housing

Support and Resources for Co-op Boards and Members

Why Go Smoke-Free

How-to Guides

Laws and Legal Issues

Common Questions

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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