Just because you don't allow smoking in your apartment or condo doesn't mean you're breathing smoke-free air.
In apartment and condominium buildings, up to 60% of indoor air is shared between units. Cigarette smoke seeps into adjoining units through doors, cracks in walls, lighting fixtures, windows, plumbing, and shared ventilation.
Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard. It contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including 70 that are known to cause cancer.
More than 4,300 nonsmokers die each year in Texas from secondhand smoke. And, the elderly and people with a chronic disease or disability are particularly at risk of developing a health issue due to secondhand smoke exposure.
Secondhand smoke affects everyone in a building, including pets! Not only do pets breathe in secondhand smoke, but they are also directly exposed to the chemicals that settle into the carpet, furniture, their toys, and their fur.
Talk to your landlord about why you want a 100% tobacco-free property and how it will save them money. Download our Tobacco-Free Housing Flyer to help educate them. If you'd like for us to work with them, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Encourage your friends and neighbors who are interested in quitting to take advantage of all of the FREE quit resources in Austin. Learn more at www.LiveTobaccoFreeAustin.org/quit.php
If you have a health condition that is aggravated by secondhand smoke from a nearby unit, contact your local Tenants' Council for assistance. For Travis County, visit www.housing-rights.org.
If your apartment already disallows smoking, but you still experience secondhand smoke, it is the tenants' responsibility to inform the owner of any policy violations. If an owner is not enforcing the policy, it is possible to file a court case against the owner for negligence, breach of habitability, nuisance, breach of warrant, and others. Here are some sample cases from secondhand smoke in apartments and condos:
Other community websites for smoke-free housing: