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					The Clear Advantages of
Smoke-Free Apartments
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Why smoke-free apartments?
The time has come, because:
• Tenants want smoke-free apartments
• Increasing numbers of complaints about
  secondhand smoke infiltration in apts
• Health risks the same as elsewhere
• Good deal for landlords
• It’s legal to do
Tenants want smoke-free apts
• Auburn (ME) Housing Authority surveyed 850
  tenants; 76% would choose to live in smoke-
  free apartment complex
• Twin Cites (MN): random sample survey -- 55%
  of renters said they had moved or would move
  from an apt because of secondhand smoke
  seepage
• California: Survey of 1,800 residents -- 63%
  said apartment complexes should require at
  least 50% of units to be smoke-free
Apartment secondhand smoke
seepage complaints increase
• SFELP now receives more complaints
  from individuals about secondhand
  smoke seepage in apartments than any
  other, including workplaces complaints
• Tenants beginning to realize they don’t
  have to accept this problem
• Tenants aware of dangers of
  secondhand smoke
       Why All The Fuss?
• Why is there such concern about
  secondhand smoke in apartments,
  condominiums and other multi-unit
  residences?
Secondhand Smoke is Deadly
• It is a Group A carcinogen -- a
  substance known to cause cancer in
  humans for which there is no safe
  level of exposure.



National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences Report,
issued May 15, 2000. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
report, issued July, 1993.
Secondhand Smoke is Deadly
• At least 38,000 to 65,000 deaths
  annually in U.S. result from
  secondhand smoke-caused diseases.




U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, April 12,2002
report; and National Institute for Environmental Health
Sciences Report, May 15, 2000.
Secondhand Smoke is Deadly
• Thousands more people suffer from
  chronic & debilitating conditions
  caused by these diseases, including the
  effects of emphysema, cancer, heart
  disease, stroke, chronic bronchitis, and
  asthma.

California Environmental Protection Agency report Health
Effects of Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke,
September, 1997.
        Secondhand Contains
• Over 4,000 chemical compounds --
  more than 40 of which are Group A
  carcinogens, which cause cancer in
  humans or animals.



International Agency for Research on Cancer chart, 1986;
U.S.Surgeon Generals Report of 1989; California EPA Report,
September,1997.
Secondhand Smoke Contains
•   Ammonia           •   Formaldehyde
•   Arsenic           •   Hydrogen cyanide
•   Benzene           •   Lead, nickel
•   Cadmium           •   N-nitrosamines
•   Carbon monoxide   •   Sulfur dioxide
•   Chromium VI       •   Vinyl chloride
•   DDT               •   Pesticide residues
  Secondhand Smoke Causes
• Lung and other cancers, and heart
  disease.
• Respiratory tract infections, such as
  pneumonia and bronchitis, especially in
  infants, children and older persons.


American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
position statement, July 30, 2000; California EPA report, September,
1997.
  Secondhand Smoke Causes
• Increased risk of sudden infant death
  syndrome and middle ear infections in
  children.
• Major health threats to persons with
  asthma -- sometimes fatal.


American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
position statement, July 30, 2000; California EPA report, September,
1997.
  Secondhand Smoke Causes
• An almost doubled risk of heart
  disease to nonsmokers who are
  regularly exposed to secondhand
  smoke at home or work
• 30 times as many lung cancer deaths
  as all regulated air pollutants combined.

U.S. Surgeon Generals report, 1986; American Heart
Association.
            Say’s Who?
• Hundreds of scientific studies
  conducted worldwide with professional
  peer reviews to assure their validity.
• Reports from governmental agencies
  around the globe, including the U.S.,
  Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
  Japan, Great Britain, the European
  Union, etc.
     Why Should We Care?
• The health dangers of secondhand
  smoke are NOT any different in
  residential settings.
• If your residence allows smoking, you
  and your residents are being
  exposed to serious health risks.
     Why Should We Care?
• Any amount of exposure to
  secondhand smoke is unsafe.
• Secondhand smoke exacerbates
  existing health problems such as
  asthma and other respiratory ailments.
Why Should Landlords Care?
• Smoking damages residential property:
   – Poses fire hazard
   – Causes cigarette burn damage to
     carpets, counters, etc
   – Leaves smoke residue on walls and
     curtains
Why Should Landlords Care?
• Complaints from non-smoking tenants
  about smoke incursions.
• Legal action taken against landlords
  who allow smoking in their buildings.
               But . . .
• Isn’t smoking a “right?”
   – No Michigan law prevents smoking
     in private residences
   – But nothing stops a landlord from
     prohibiting smoking on property
     now
   – There is no legal right to smoke
                In Fact
• Tenants negatively impacted by
  secondhand smoke actually have the
  right to seek legal action against
  landlords who do not make adequate
  provisions to protect them from second
  hand smoke.
 And, the ADA and FHA Say:
• Persons cannot be discriminated
  against in workplaces, public places or
  in housing due to disability; and, having
  severe breathing problems constitutes a
  disability.
 And, the ADA and FHA Say:
• Therefore, these facilities are required
  by the ADA and/or FHA (and parallel
  state statutes) to provide reasonable
  accommodations to persons with
  severe breathing disabilities, including
  possibly making the facility totally
  smoke-free.
   So, What Can Landlords
        Legally Do?
• Apartment owners are permitted by
  federal and state law to adopt total
  smoke-free policies.
    So, What Can Landlords
         Legally Do?
• HUD Legal Counsel letter of July, 2003
  states that apartment owners are free
  under federal law to make their
  buildings totally smoke-free, so long
  as they “grandfather” current residents
  who are smokers.
   So, What Can Landlords
        Legally Do?
• Michigan Attorney General Opinion of
  1992 states that neither federal nor
  Michigan law prohibits a landlord
  from making his/her apartment
  building totally smoke-free.
   So, What Can Landlords
        Legally Do?
• As the HUD Legal Counsel letter stated:
  “The right to smoke or not to smoke is
  not a right that is protected under the
  Civil Rights Act of 1964 because
  smokers are not a protected class
  under federal law.”
 Adopt New Lease Language
• Use to:
   – Implement a smoke-free policy in a
     multiunit dwelling.
   – Add these provisions to the leases
     for apartment complexes.
     You Have Resources
• www.mismokefreeapartment.org
• Smoke-free Environments Law
  Project:www.tcsg.org/sfelp/home.htm
• The Center for Social Gerontology:
  www.tcsg.org.tobacco.htm
      And now you have the
     mismokefreeapartment
    initiative which includes:
• mismokefreeapartment.org web site
  information & materials
• Radio ads
• Billboards
• Postcard mailings to landlords
• Listing of smoke-free apartments on web site
• Surveys of smoke-free apartment availability
• Technical assistance from SFELP
              Radio ads
• Two humorous radio ads informing
  listeners of information on
  mismokefreeapartment.org
• For use in selected regions of state in
  coordination with local tobacco
  reduction coalitions, health departments
  & apartment associations
• SFELP will assist in raising funds for
  ads
              Billboards
• Four billboards to inform viewers of the
  mismokefreeapartment.org web site
• For use in selected regions of state in
  coordination with local tobacco
  reduction coalitions, health departments
  & apartment associations
• SFELP will assist in raising funds for
  and placement of billboards
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Postcard mailings to landlords
• Four postcards to inform landlords of
  the mismokefreeapartment.org web
  site & reasons for them to go smoke-
  free
• SFELP will do the mailings with lists of
  landlords obtained in coordination with
  local tobacco reduction coalitions,
  health departments & apartment
  associations
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Smoke-free apartment listing
• mismokefreeapartment.org web site will
  include a listing of smoke-free
  apartments
• SFELP will compile the list of smoke-
  free apartments in coordination with
  local tobacco reduction coalitions,
  health departments, apartment
  associations, & others
Smoke-free apartment listing
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"Setting the Standard Since 1932"...

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

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526 Linden, Ann Arbor, MI

Located near the intersection of South University and Washtenaw just minutes from the University of
Michigan's central campus and the CCRB (Central Campus Recreation Building). This location offers one,
two and two bedroom bi-level apartments with the following amenities:

*            Furnished apartment, includes carpet, Air conditioning, vertical blinds and disposal
*            Apartments (except #5) have portable dishwashers
*            Each bedroom of the bi-level apartments have a balcony - each living room of the bi-level
             apartments will have one or two balconies
*            Laundry facilities on-site
*            Heat, hot and cold water provided
*            One parking space per apartment included in monthly rental rate
*            No pets
*            This is a smoke free building
*            Twelve month lease term
*            Security deposit equals 1 1/2 times the monthly rental rate

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                                                 Frankfort Pines
                                           Assisted Living Apartments
                                       119 Airport Road, Frankfort, MI 49635

The selection of a personal care facility can create concern and confusion for the prospective resident, family and friends.
We at Frankfort Pines hope to help make this decision less stressful by providing services that allow our residents to
remain active and close to family and friends while enjoying trouble free living in a comfortable home.

Frankfort Pines is a state licensed care facility that offers different levels of care for senior citizens who need assistance
with the activities of daily living. This flexibility allows our residents to remain independent and active.

Residents of Frankfort Pines enjoy all the comforts of home in a safe, secure location near the scenic town of
Frankfort and the shores of Lake Michigan.

Features:
*         Private suites and baths
*         Emergency call buttons in bedrooms and bathrooms
*         Individual room temperature controls
*         Telephone and cable television
*         Barrier free throughout
*         1/2 mile from Frankfort
*         2 miles from Paul Oliver Hospital
*         Services that can be modified to accommodate the needs of residents
*         Beauty salon providing hair styling, manicures, and pedicures
*         Health and wellness checks
*            Smoke free environment
Smoke-free apartment surveys
• SFELP will conduct mail surveys of
  apartment owners to determine the %
  of smoke-free apartments in regions of
  MI
• Surveys will be used for media
  purposes, planning, etc.
• Surveys will be done in coordination
  with local tobacco reduction coalitions,
  health departments, & apartment
  associations
Smoke-free apartment surveys
             ...
• A survey in La Crosse, Wisconsin found about
  50% of 65 respondent apartment owners
  offered smoke-free units ranging from 1-to 3-
  bedroom apartments
• La Crosse survey got local media coverage
  which served to encourage other apartment
  owners to consider going smoke-free
• Media coverage included testimonials from
  apartment owners with smoke-free units
• La Crosse health department developed online
  smoke-free apartment listing
 Assistance from SFELP to ...
• Help landlords adopt smoke-free
  policies
• Help tenants seeking smoke-free
  apartments to know their rights &
  resources
• Work in coordination with local tobacco
  reduction coalitions, health
  departments, landlord associations, &
  others to promote smoke-free
  apartment policies
         To contact SFELP
• www.mismokefreeapartment.org
• Smoke-Free Environments Law
  Project www.tcsg.org/sfelp/home.htm
• Phone: 734 665-1126
• Smoke-Free Environments Law Project
  The Center for Social Gerontology, Inc.
  2307 Shelby Avenue
  Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

				
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