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 both the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority and Vistula Management establish smoke-free policies in their complexes.
Here is how the health department can help additional Lucas County complexes wanting to go smoke free:
- Survey residents for their views on going smoke free.
- Educate residents about smoking cessation and what resources are available to help them quit.
- Assist with drafting and establishing a smoke-free policy.
- Provide smoke-free signs inside buildings, and both signs and receptacles on the grounds where smoking is permitted.
- Give 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.
Complex residents are not the only ones whose health will improve from being in smoke-free housing. You also are helping to protect employees by starting the process of going smoke free.
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.
For more information about how the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department can help, please contact:
Lindsey Rodenhauser, MPH, CHES