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For Tenants

Are you suffering from secondhand smoke drifting into your apartment or condo?

You are not alone. The secondhand smoke from even one tenant smoking indoors can drift into multiple other units and cause health problems and reduced quality of life for other residents.

Visit Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights www.no-smoke.org for helpful guides and suggestions.

Visit Public Health Law & Policy to learn about Legal Options for Tenants Suffering from Secondhand Tobacco Smoke www.phlpnet.org/tobacco-control/products/legal-options-tenants

The American Lung Association has developed Smokefree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: Steps for Success. This free online course provides a step-by-step guide to promoting, planning and implementing a smokefree multi-unit housing policy. Steps for Success and related support materials are available on their website.

If you would like to register a complaint about exposure to secondhand smoke, fill out the Indoor Air Act Complaint Form www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/tobacco/documents/complaint.pdf

For Landlords

Are you a landlord or management company with questions and concerns about tenants smoking in your buildings?

If so, you are not alone. Whether you own a duplex and rent out the second unit, manage a six-building condominium complex, or are a property management firm with apartment buildings in multiple states, drifting secondhand smoke is an issue you are probably confronting now or will need to address in the near future.

What housing providers need to know to go smokefree.

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights

Visit Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights for guidance on how to address this expensive and timely issue.

Breathe New HampshireVisit Breathe New Hampshire for information on how landlords in New Hampshire can develop policy in their properties.

To assist property managers, public health advocates and residents in their efforts to adopt smokefree multi-unit housing policies, the American Lung Association has developed Smokefree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: Steps for Success. This free online course provides a step-by-step guide to promoting, planning and implementing a smokefree multi-unit housing policy. Steps for Success and related support materials are available on their website.

This video, Implementing and Enforcing Smokefree Housing Policies, from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) covers benefits and obstacles and how to address them. It presents tips to enforcing a policy and shows how a resident family of smokers adapted to the policy.

NH Resource List

  • Landlord No-Smoking Policy Guide HTML | PDF
  • Sample Policies for Landlords PDF
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Smoke Exposure Study HTML | PDF
  • A No-Smoking Policy Protects Health & Saves Money HTML | PDF
  • A No-Smoking Policy Is Legal HTML | PDF
  • A No-Smoking Policy Saves on Maintenance Costs HTML | PDF
  • Seven Steps to Implement A No-Smoking Policy HTML | PDF
  • Tips for Handling Complaints Until You Have a Policy in Place PDF
  • Ventilation Is Not Always the Answer HTML | PDF
  • Legal Options for Tenants Suffering from Drifting Tobacco Smoke HTML | PDF
  • Getting Rid of the Smoke HTML | PDF
  • Smokefree Housing Poster PDF
  • Graphs Pre/Post Tobacco Policy PDF
  • 2012 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Letter PDF
  • Model Smokefree Lease Addendum PDF
  • Model Smokefree Lease Addendum (from Live Smokefree) – Was developed out of a team of housing lawyers in MN and was updated by Warren Ortland at the Public Health Law Center in St. Paul, MN. The lease is available in English, Hmong, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. You can download all of the leases under “Policy Adoption Materials.”
  • HUD’s Rule to Restrict Smoking in Public Housing: An Overview – On November 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a final rule to restrict smoking in public housing. This fact sheet provides an overview of the rule’s smoking restrictions.
  • Monadnock Smokefree Housing Directory – To list your properties, contact Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities at: smokefreehousing@cheshire-med.com or call (603) 354-5454 Ext. 2313

For information on how you can make your building a Breathe Better Building, call The New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention & Control Program at 603-271-6684/800-852-3345 Ext. 6684

 
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