The ability to live in a smokefree home is a choice that everyone should have. Unfortunately for those who live in multi-family buildings such as apartments and condominiums, breathing secondhand smoke from neighboring units has become a real health problem. Secondhand smoke exposure is dangerous at any level, and secondhand smoke often times seeps into neighboring units through cracks in the walls, ventilation systems and open windows.

A growing number of multifamily developments are prohibiting smoking in their units. There are plenty of health and safety reasons to do this: Smoking can cause fires. Secondhand smoke can filter through the units of smokers and into the housing of non-smokers.

But the biggest reason its happening? As smoking continues to become less popular, tenants increasingly want to live in buildings that prohibit it. This means that landlords and building owners will have an easier time attracting tenants if they enforce a no-smoking ban in all apartment units.

You can expect anti-smoking policies to become even more popular. The survey found that 85 percent of property managers without a smoke-free policy are interested in developing anti-smoking policies for their apartment properties. Only 15 percent of those surveyed said that they are not interested in enacting smoke-free policies in the near future.

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