WHY GO SMOKE-FREE
Why Choose Smoke-Free Housing?
Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing and You
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 the 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 can also play an important role by offering smoke-free housing options.
Here you will find information about second-hand smoke, the demand for smoke-free housing, and it’s benefits.
Going smoke-free is not only a marketing opportunity for landlords. There are many reasons for going smoke-free:
- Adopting a no-smoking policy is legal and easy to do.
- Smoke-free living is becoming the norm in NS and 66% of households do not allow smoking inside their homes.1
- Second-hand smoke causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke.
- Non-smoking renters are no longer tolerating other people’s smoke coming into their homes and making them sick.
- It's a marketing opportunity for landlords. Demand for smoke-free homes is on the rise, yet there is a 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 tenants and a healthy bottom line for landlords.
Going smoke-free is legal, good for business and there's strong market demand. Why wait? Check out our How-to Guide at the right to make it happen.