Benefits of Going Smoke Free

Many renters know secondhand smoke is toxic, containing over 7,000 chemicals including 70 known to cause cancer.1 More than 1 in 3 nonsmokers who live in rental housing are exposed to secondhand smoke and more than 82 percent of surveyed renters in Iowa understand that exposure to secondhand smoke presents a serious health risk.3,18

Market Demand

According to the 2012 survey, "Exploring Smoke-Free Rental Attitudes in Central Iowa", 75% of renters surveyed answered that they would choose a smoke free apartment building over one that allows smoking.25 48% of respondents with a 4 to 5-year rental history said they would pay between $51 and $100 more each month in rent to live in a building that did not allow smoking.25

Indoor Air Quality

Research shows that air flows between units in apartments and ventilation systems, air purifiers or “sealing” problem areas cannot completely eliminate or control secondhand smoke.19 The only way to eliminate secondhand smoke is by implementing a smoke free policy.

 In 2010, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) released a position document on secondhand smoke. ASHRAE encourages elimination of smoking in the indoor environment as the optimal way to minimize secondhand smoke exposure.20 View ASHRAE position document here.

Cleaning costs

The cost to clean and renovate a unit that has been smoked in typically costs 2 to 3 times, and some research suggests even 7 times more than a unit not damaged by secondhand smoke. Nicotine and other chemicals in secondhand smoke leaves sticky residue and yellow stains on walls, carpet, blinds, appliances and other surfaces. Dropped cigarettes and ashes can leave burn damage and smoke odors can remain in carpets, curtains and walls for a very long time. This damage results in excessive cleaning costing you time and money without even guaranteeing stains, burn marks and odor will be eliminated.

 Cleaning and damage to interior fixtures really affects your bottom line. Here’s a comparison.

                                                    Non-Smoking

                             Light Smoking

     Heavy Smoking

General Cleaning

                     $ 240

$ 500

$ 720

Paint

                     $ 170

$ 225

$ 480

Flooring

                     $ 50

$ 950

$ 1,425

Appliances

                     $ 60

$ 75

$ 490

Bathroom

                     $ 40

$ 60

$ 400

Total

                     $ 560

$ 1,810

$ 3,515

           

 Data collected and reported by Smoke-Free Housing New England, 2009.

To calculate the turnover cost of a smoking unit within your rental property, use this Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing Calculator

Fire Risk

Dropped cigarettes or cigarettes improperly disposed are a fire hazard and a cigarette can smolder for up to 30-45 minutes, eventually causing a fire or large amounts of smoke.21,22 Cigarettes and other smoking materials are also the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States.23 By implementing a smoke-free policy, you are reducing the risk of cigarette-related fires, injury and death as well as reducing the risk of increased insurance premiums if a fire were to happen.

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