Smoking is not a legal right, and no federal or state law prohibits a landlord or property manager from implementing a no-smoking policy or lease. To help make the change easier, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will work with managers to go smoke free.
The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department launched this effort several years ago. The health department has helped the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, Vistula Management and private owners establish smoke-free policies in their complexes.
The health department can help additional Lucas County complexes wanting to go smoke free by:
- Surveying residents for their views on going smoke free.
- Educating residents about smoking cessation and what resources are available to help them quit.
- Assisting with drafting and establishing a smoke-free policy.
- Providing smoke-free signs inside buildings, and both signs and receptacles on the grounds where smoking is permitted.
- Giving advice about how to enforce smoke-free policies.
Our aim is to improve the health of all residents in Lucas County. Both smoking and secondhand smoke can cause cancer, heart disease and other ailments. Secondhand smoke can worsen health conditions among residents who are ill. It is especially dangerous for pregnant women, babies and children.
There are economic benefits to going smoke free, too. Costs to clean a smoke-damaged unit can be two to seven times more than one vacated by a non-smoker, according to estimates.
Please remember: No amount of exposure to tobacco smoke is safe.