Indoor Air


Second Hand Smoke

Over the last five years, much work has been accomplished with the goal of providing cleaner air for everyone in public places.  In 2007, the Smoke-Free Arizona Act went into effect, which prohibits smoking inside and within 20 feet of entrances, open windows, and ventilation systems of most enclosed public places and places of employment. 

Currently, there is a need for clean air in our homes.  Throughout the nation, including Maricopa County, there is a trend toward smoke-free living.    Clean indoor air, free of secondhand smoke, is important to the health of all residents, especially children, individuals with respiratory conditions, and pets. 

The Arizona Smoke-Free Living Coalition is on a mission to meet this need.  The Coalition is focused on working with property managers and owners of apartment communities to adopt smoke-free policies, which will provide cleaner air for residents. 


Click here to learn more about smoking practices, policies, & preferences in Maricopa County rental housing 2012.


Indoor Environments

There are a variety of items throughout our indoor environments that can be harmful to our health. It is important to pay attention to risk factors throughout our homes, schools, and workplaces. Click here to learn more.



Secondhand SmokeSecondhand smoke is the smoke that is emitted from a lit tobacco product that is inhaled by others.  It contains approximately 4,800 chemicals, including 69 that are linked to cancer.  Studies have shown that secondhand smoke is harmful to nonsmokers and can cause lung cancer and heart disease.  Exposure to secondhand smoke is dangerous for children’s development and can cause illness.  It can also be an irritant to those already suffering from respiratory conditions, such as asthma or COPD.  Learn more about tobacco, asthma, and COPD.

Tobacco Use – Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke is attributed to an estimated 443,000 deaths in the United States.  Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking, as it can cause cancer of the mouth, tongue, and throat.  The Lung HelpLine can provide detailed and accurate answers to your questions about lung cancer, asthma, smoking cessation, and other related topics. 

Mold/Moisture control - Mold can irritate the lungs and worsen asthma.  Mold grows when too much moisture is present. 

Pets -  Be aware of hair, feathers and fur which can trigger exacerbations in people with lung disease. Pet allergens can affect people in a variety of ways but there are ways to control per allergens in your home.

Household Chemicals -  Chemicals in common cleaning products and other household supplies can be released into the air causing a variety of health concerns. While a clean home is one of the best ways to protect your health and that of those you love, make sure you are taking measures that can reduce health risks along the way.


Arizona Smoke Free Living



Many people choose to have a smoke-free rule in the home.  For those who live in apartment communities or other multi-unit residences, the choice for smoke-free indoor air may be beyond their control if another resident smokes inside.  The Arizona Smoke-Free Living Coalition is striving to create healthier communities by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke in apartment communities.  With representatives from a diverse collection of community organizations, the Coalition can help interested properties adopt a smoke-free policy, providing technical assistance throughout the process of policy implementation.




                *Adopting a smoke-free policy at your property
                *Residents’ rights to a smoke-free environment
  • Set a smoke-free rule in your own home
  • Encourage your property manager to adopt a smoke-free policy
  • If you are looking for an apartment community, ask the property manager about the property’s smoke-free policy
  • Take measures to keep pollutants out of your home
  • Ventilate the air in your home
  • Learn what air pollutants most affect those in your home so you can take precautions.
  • Join the American Lung Association in advocating for cleaner air.  Sign up here to receive our action alerts that will notify you of key events affecting air quality decisions.