Multi-Unit Housing

Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke (SHS) is the third leading cause of preventable disease in the U.S. and a leading cause of acute and chronic disease. Approximately 50,000 individuals die each year as result of SHS exposure. Secondhand smoke caused by nearby neighbors can have a bad impact on the residents who live in apartments and condominiums.

Secondhand smoke from one unit can seep through air ducts and cracks, or travel through a shared ventilation system and enter into another person's living space. "At present the only means of effectively eliminating the health risks associated with indoor exposure is to ban smoking activity. 1 According to the 2006 Surgeon General's Report, "there is no risk-free level of exposure to SHS." "The scientific evidence is now indisputable: secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance. It is a serious health hazard that can lead to disease and premature death in children and nonsmoking adults." 2

Secondhand smoke comes from lit cigarettes. It is also the smoke that comes out of a smoker's mouth. The U.S. Surgeon General stated that breathing even a little secondhand smoke poses a risk to your health. Decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke will improve the health of Weber and Morgan county residents.

The Weber-Morgan Health Department Tobacco Program works with local worksites, healthcare organizations, outdoor recreation venues, housing authorities and schools to create policies to help reduce the amount of secondhand smoke that our community breathes.


1 ASHRAE Report (Environmental Tobacco Smoke, Positional Document, Approved by ASHRAE Board of Directors, June 25, 2008.)

2 US Department of Health and Human Services. (2006) The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. Washington, DC: Department of Health and Human Services.

Resources & Tools for Landlords

The Utah Department of Health has a resource for landlords to adopt smoke-free policies. In this NEW guide, Good Health is Good Business: A landlord's guide to increasing revenue by adopting smoke-free policies, it has everthing you will need to ask questions to your tenants, write and add to your lease that covers a smoke-free policy, and how to let your tenants know about the policy. Go to the Guide now.

For more resources, go to .

Resources & Tools for Residents

What Renters Can Do About SHS

Frequently Asked Questions About Smoke-Free Policies

Temporary Secondhand Smoke Fixes

Utah Statewide Smoke-Free Housing Directory