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.
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