- In a smoke-free building, smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the building and is sometimes not allowed in outdoor areas.
- A smoke-free policy helps residents stay healthy by reducing secondhand smoke and building owners save money by reducing cleaning costs.
- In NYC, it is illegal to smoke in common areas in multi-unit buildings, and as of August 2018, multi-unit buildings must also have a policy on smoking. To learn more about smoke-free laws, visit nyc.gov/health and search smoking laws.
- When someone exhales smoke from a tobacco product, another person can breathe in the smoke. This is called secondhand smoke.
- Secondhand smoke increases the risk of asthma attacks, respiratory illnesses, stroke, heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and children.
In New York City, 1 in 3 adult nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke.1
- Secondhand smoke can travel through cracks, ventilation systems and windows. An apartment can’t be fully smoke-free if the building isn’t.
“Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Among Nonsmokers in New York City in the Context of Recent Tobacco Control Policies: Current Status, Changes Over the Past Decade, and National Comparisons,” https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntw135
- Before requesting a smoke-free policy, write down when and where smoke enters your apartment. Include any effects secondhand smoke has on your health, especially if you have a disability, such as emphysema or lung cancer.
- Ask your landlord or building manager:
To create a smoke-free
policy for your building
To fill cracks or
gaps between apartments
For another apartment
further from the source of
the secondhand smoke
Tips to Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking is one way to protect loved ones and neighbors from secondhand smoke, and to create a smoke-free environment. It can be hard to quit, but these tips can make quitting easier:
- Decide why you want to quit.
- Get support and encouragement: 1-866-NY-QUITS can help.
- Prepare to quit: rid your home of lighters and throw out cigarettes.
- Pick a quit date.
For more tips, visit nyc.gov/health and search NYC Quits.