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Top 5 Reasons for a No-Smoking Policy

Demand

Smoke-free buildings are what residents want.

A no-smoking policy is a no-smoker policy: all residents can enjoy smoke-free housing.

  • A majority of Hawaiʻi residents—87%—prefer smoke-free housing.
  • The Coalition continues to identify condominiums with smoke-free policies and has seen a growing trend of smoke-free condominiums over the years.
Health

Smoke-free buildings are healthier.

A no-smoking policy is the only way to keep smoke from drifting throughout the building.

  • Secondhand smoke exposure is a leading cause of preventable death in Hawaiʻi.
  • There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke—even small amounts cause immediate damage to the body.
Cost

Smoke-free buildings save money.

Over time, the decision to allow smoking can reduce the long-term value of a property.

  • Units cost more to turn due to additional cleaning costs and having to replace carpets before their expected lifespan.
  • Lingering odor can still make the unit more difficult to rent.
Safety

Smoke-free buildings are safer.

A no-smoking policy helps to protect all residents, guests and staff from preventable fires.

  • Smoking is a leading cause of preventable fires in apartment complexes in Hawaiʻi.
  • Fires caused by smoking in apartment units result in more deaths and property damage than any other cause.
Timing

Smoke-free buildings are the future.

  • As people learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke, the support and demand for smoke-free housing will continue to grow.
  • Property managers who allow smoking are facing legal challenges from residents seeking protection from smoke.
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