Smokefree Housing



Property Managers/Owners and Residents of Multi-Unit Buildings

are invited to attend…

Smoke-Free Housing is Legal, Profitable, and Easy:
A Workshop for Property Owners/Managers

59% of suburban Cook County renters prefer to rent in a smoke-free building. Come find out the benefits of smoke-free housing, and how to transform your properties into beings smoke-free.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Time: 9-11 a.m. 
Location: Northlake Public Library, 231 N. Wolf Road, 2nd floor, Northlake, IL 60164
Free to attend. Light food provided.
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Is Secondhand Smoke Coming into Your Home?:
A Workshop for Residents
Up to 65% of air is shared air from other units and common areas. Come learn about how to protect yourself, your family, and your neighbors from secondhand smoke.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Location: Bridgeview Public Library, 7840 W. 79th St, Bridgeview, IL 60455
Free to attend. Light food and childcare provided.
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Entra Humo de Segunda Mano a su Hogar?:
Un Taller para Residentes

Hasta el 65% del aire que se comparte de otras unidades y de áreas comunes. Venga y aprenda cómo puede protegerse Ud., su familia y sus vecinos contra el humo de segunda mano.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 
Hora: 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Lugar: Cicero Public Library, 5225 W. Cermak Rd, Cicero, IL 60804
Gratis para asistir con proveerá cena. Cuidado de niños disponible.
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To register for any of the events,
please email or call (312) 781-1100 

Secondhand smoke exposure poses serious health threats to children and adults. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. Eliminating indoor smoking is the only way to protect nonsmokers from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.

For residents of multi-unit housing (e.g., apartment buildings and condominiums), secondhand smoke can be a major concern given that it can migrate from other units and common areas and travel through doorways, cracks in walls, electrical lines, plumbing, and ventilation systems.

In the last decade, the availability of smokefree multi-unit housing has skyrocketed as a result of greater awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke, increased consumer demand, state and local advocacy efforts, and recommendations issued by federal authorities including the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Smokefree multi-unit housing policies are beneficial for both residents and property owners. Going smokefree promotes residents’ health by protecting them from secondhand smoke while improving a property manager’s bottom line through reduced turnover costs and decreased fire risks.  

For Public Health Advocates


Information for Public Health Advocates on working with owners/property managers and tenants to create smokefree housing policies. » More

For Landlords


Information for public housing authorities, property managers and owners on the benefits of making your property smokefree. » More

For Tenants


Information for tenants on advocating for a smokefree housing policy. » More

Illinois Smokefree Housing Directory


A listing of multi-unit properties in the state of Illinois that have been recognized for adopting a smokefree policy. » More