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Since 1964, 2,500,000 nonsmokers have died from exposure to secondhand smoke.

 

We knew we wanted our home smoke free because of the dangers of secondhand smoke. 81 Brent is part of Boston’s Smoke-Free Housing initiative.


No “Risk-free” level of exposure

Most exposure to secondhand smoke occurs in homes and workplaces. Secondhand smoke exposure also continues to occur in public places such as restaurants, bars, and casinos, as well as multiunit housing and vehicles around the US.
Eliminating smoking in indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure. Separating smokers from nonsmokers within the same air space, cleaning the air, opening windows, and ventilating buildings does not eliminate secondhand smoke exposure.
In children, secondhand smoke causes the following:

    • Ear infections
    • More frequent and severe asthma attacks
    • Respiratory symptoms (e.g., coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath)
    • Respiratory infections (i.e., bronchitis, pneumonia)
    • A greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
In adults who have never smoked, secondhand smoke can cause cardiovascular disease and lung cancer.

Reasons to go smoke-free

  • Going smoke‐free is clearly good for health
  • Going smoke‐free is good for business
  • Attract more tenants. Survey aftersurvey shows a high demand forsmoke free apartment buildings. Smoking rates have been dropping over the past decade, particularly in Massachusetts. In fact, only 15% of Boston residents smoke. Furthermore,many people who smoke voluntarily smoke outside, perhaps as a result of the increased awareness and changing social norms around secondhand smoke.
  • Save money on repairs. Prohibiting smoking can help landlords save money. Apartments in which tenants are allowed to smoke often require more time and money to prepare for the next tenant – often three to five times as much.
  • Reduce potential legal liability. Landlords are required by law to provide their residential tenants with a safe and habitable dwelling. Secondhand smoke that seeps into an apartment creates a harmful environment, for which the landlord may be liable. Landlords can avoid this potential legal liability by eliminating smoking.
  • Reduce conflicts among tenants. Secondhand smoke can be a common source of conflict among tenants. Tenants will often choose to move out rather than expose themselves and family members to secondhand smoke – leaving their landlord with a vacant apartment.
  • Eliminate the leading cause of residential fire‐related deaths. Property damage from cigarette‐caused fires exceeds $400 million annually. No smoking rules reduce the risk of fire‐related property damage, injury and death.
  • Reduce your insurance premiums. Some insurance companies may offer discounts or credits if you go smoke‐free. Ask your insurance broker.
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