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Smoke Free Housing

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Published on December 18, 2018. Last modified on February 20, 2020


Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing (MUH)

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Everyone knows that toxins in our environment directly affect our health. We usually think of the environment as outside of the home, but what about inside the home.  Most individuals spend about 90% of their time indoors which typically account for a major share of exposures to toxins such as: cleaning products, smoke or vape, and mold.  Many indoor toxins can build up in confined spaces with indoor levels reaching 10 times that of outside toxins. 

Smoke is one of the most important indoor irritants related to triggering asthma symptoms.  It can enter an apartment from the open window of a smoking tenant, or from patios and balconies and can move through light fixtures, cracks in walls, crawl spaces, and into and out of doorways.

Secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) is a mixture of over 7,000 chemicals that contaminate indoor and outdoor air. Many chemicals in SHS are classified as toxic and can cause health problems such as lung disease, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. 


Smoke-Free Multi Unit Housing &

Outdoor Smoking Areas 


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On December 18th, 2019, the Pacific Grove City Council unanimously voted to pass a Smoke-Free Multi Unit Housing and Outdoor Smoking Areas Ordinance. 



MUH Toolkit for Tenants: 

Healthy Homes Toolkit - English

Healthy Homes Toolkit - Español


MUH information for Property Owners and Managers:

Landlords' Right to Make Properties Smoke-free

How to Make a Condo Complex Smoke-free

Creating Smoke-free Policies for Affordable Housing in CA



MUH information for Local Jurisdictions:

Implementing & Enforcing a Smoke-free MUH Ordinance




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