Implementing a smoke-free policy is one of the best ways property managers and owners can protect their investment and the health of their residents and staff.
Did you know...
- It is 100% legal for an owner or manager to restrict or ban smoking in all or part of the property they own or manage?
- You can save thousands of dollars turning over an individual unit if a resident doesn't smoke indoors?
- The majority of residents in market and affordable housing in Colorado want smoke-free policies where they live?
- There is no way to filter smoke from the air or purify the air that is contaminated from secondhand smoke?
- The only way to protect other residents from smoke is to ban indoor smoking?
- You can reduce your liability and chances of fire, and you might qualify for reduced insurance premiums if you enact a smoke-free policy?
Local public health agencies can also be a great resource for housing providers looking to implement a smoke-free policy. If your local agency does not provide assistance in smoke-free housing policies, please submit a request to DPH.TobaccoTeam@dhha.org.
Policy Change: Getting Help From Your Local Health Department
It is strongly encouraged that housing providers contact their local health agency/department, for smoke-free process assistance. A health department may be able to provide resources such as:
- Model and sample policies.
- Presentations for residents on the health effects of smoke.
- Presentations for staff, providing the tools they need to explain and enforce the policy.
- Connections to other housing providers who have gone smoke-free.
- Cessation resources to help support policies and enforcement.
- Help with 'making the case' to owners, board members and other stakeholders.