Why should I adopt a smoke-free policy?

Smoke-free apartment communities promote a healthy environment that can improve the health of the residents and have a positive economic impact for property owners and investors.

But don’t take it from us. We spoke with smoke-free apartment communities in Georgia and asked them why they adopted smoke-free policies:

Market advantages

Buildings may be able to attract more residents by going smoke-free. Research shows that renters want smoke-free housing.  Many renters are even willing to pay more and make other sacrifices, such as walking farther to a bus stop or driving farther to work, to live in a smoke-free building.

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Reduced costs

Apartment turnover costs can be two or more times greater when smoking is allowed compared to the cost of maintaining and turning over a smoke-free unit. Tobacco smoke leaves sticky residue on walls, curtains, cabinets, blinds, appliances, fixtures, and ceilings. The odor and toxins often stay in carpets, curtains, and walls. Dropped ashes may result in burn damage to tiles, carpets, countertops, and bathtubs.

Protection from secondhand smoke

Secondhand smoke is the mixture of smoke exhaled by the smoker and the smoke from the burning end of combustible tobacco products. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke; it can cause illness and death from asthma, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. It also causes ear problems for children.