All residents have a right to clean, smoke-free air. Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke is a risk that causes lung cancer, heart disease, exacerbation of asthma, higher incidence of respiratory illness and other respiratory health issues. Implementing a smoke-free policy, like no indoor smoking laws, is the only effective means to eliminate the health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke (SHS) is a mixture of side stream smoke from the tip of the cigarette and mainstream smoke exhaled by the smoker. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, 250 of which are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer.
Incentives for housing operators to provide smoke-free housing:
Smoke-free laws have proven to reduce secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmokers, reduce heart attack hospitalizations and also help smokers quit.
Secondhand smoke is the cause of an estimated 49,400 lung cancer and heart disease deaths among non-smokers every year in the United States and is known to cause asthma and respiratory infections. (SmokeFreeWashington)