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Smoke-Free Housing Nova Scotia is a resource for tenants who are suffering from second-hand smoke coming into their homes from neighbouring units, or who are looking for a smoke-free, multi-unit building.

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 where they live.

If you rent, it's possible you have been bothered by the smell of tobacco smoke coming from a neighbouring unit or patio. A NS survey of multi-unit dwellers (2008) found that:

  • 29% reported exposure to second-hand smoke, most often from open windows, patio and balcony doors, or from the hallway.
  • Nearly 4 in 5 were bothered by the smoke, 35% quite a bit and 10% so much they considered moving.
  • 62% supported a ban on smoking in the building, and 35% would prefer a building that does not allow smoking in units and on decks, balconies and patios. Another 29% preferred smoke-free units but smoking allowed on balconies and patios.
  • 73% were at least somewhat likely to choose a non-smoking building, including 37% of people who smoke.

Despite strong public support and demand for smoke-free homes, there is a significant shortage of smoke-free buildings for Nova Scotians who want and need to live smoke-free.

You can search our Smoke-Free Housing Registry to find smoke-free rental buildings.

Why Choose Smoke-Free Housing?

Support and Resources
for Tenants

Second-Hand Smoke

Ventilation Myths

How-to Guide

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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127 Whidden Road, Brookfield, NS B0N 1C0