Healthy Environments Against Tobacco

Serving the cities and unincorporated areas
of North County

Owners & Managers of Multi-Unit Housing Complexes

A smoke free policy for your community can benefit you in many ways:

Landlords and apartment managers can save money by reducing the damage that smoke causes (e.g., extra cleaning bills, paintings costs, butts littered in the landscaping and property damage such as cigarette burns on carpets, counter-tops).

Smoke-free units reduce fire danger, which may also reduce insurance costs. Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, etc.) is the leading cause of home and total fire deaths in the United States.

In 2003, there were an estimated 25,600 structural fires caused by smoking material resulting in direct property damage at approximately $481 million.*

During 2003-2007, the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department recorded 116 fires in multifamily dwellings that were caused by cigarettes, matches, or cigarette lights.

A Smoke-free policy means a healthier environment for your tenants.

*Hall, J.R., Jr. (2006). The Smoking-Material Fire Problem. Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association.

Here are a some links that owner/managers may find useful:



How to adopt a smoke-free policy:

Additional Information:

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