Chicago’s Largest Residential Property Goes Smokefree

Presidential Towers announces 100% smokefree transition for 4,000 residents

CHICAGO (December 18, 2013)

Today, Presidential Towers announced a plan to transition the residential property to a 100% non-smoking community by 2015; involving more than 2,300 apartment units and up to 4,000 residents. All new residents and current residents at renewing their lease will be required to sign and adhere to a no-smoking addenda. 

“As the largest residential property in Chicago, we’re proud to move in this direction because it will improve air quality and reduce potential fire hazards. We evaluated this through a great deal of research and direct surveying of our residents. We found that in addition to this being the right decision, the policy change was driven by our own residents, as well as market demand. It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Lela Cirjakovic, Senior Vice President of Operations.

“There are multiple benefits from being a smokefree residential property; from protecting residents and employees from the dangers of second-hand smoke, to preventing building fires and potentially saving lives. We applaud Presidential Towers for their leadership and vision toward providing a healthy environment for their residents, and we urge all residential properties to follow this standard,” said Meghan Miller, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago.

The Lung Association recognizes housing communities for going smokefree and lists them in an Illinois Smokefree housing directory at Presidential Towers’ management team alerted residents this morning of the phased approach to becoming a non-smoking building. Residents may continue to smoke at reasonable levels under their current lease agreements, however, the non-smoking addendum will be a condition of all new leases and all lease renewals.

Presidential Towers is the site of the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s 2014 Fight for Air Climb, (Sunday, March 9th) Chicago’s biggest stair climb at 2,340 steps. Unlike any other climb in the city, participants can climb one, two, three or all four towers. They are professionally timed and receive a tech-shirt, as well as a Chicago climber’s most coveted medal. The event also serves as one of the most unique fundraising events for the Lung Association. 

For more information regarding smoking and indoor air quality, anyone can call the Lung HelpLine at 1-800–LUNG–USA or 1-800-586-4872.

Media contact: James A. Martinez; O: 312-445-2501; C: 312-718-5875; E:

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