Smoke Free Communities

We are joining many communities in their support to reduce the negative impact smoking has in Florida. We expect to be 100% Smoke Free in 2014.

Bay Vista supports policies that reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, support individual who would like to quit and prevent anyone from ever starting to use tobacco products. Smoke-free buildings are cost-effective, safe, and healthy.

Fewer Fire Risks

Smoking-related fires are often caused by a dropped cigarette; often by someone who has fallen asleep or may be under the influence of alcohol. A dropped cigarette may lie in furniture or bed linens and could smolder for up to 30-45 minutes.(3) The smoldering cigarette can cause smoke which contains carbon monoxide and other highly toxic gases that can put residents at risk of injury or death.

Smoke-Free Policies are Legal

There is currently no Minnesota law or Federal law that prohibits a landlord from making an entire apartment building smoke free. Smoke-free policies are not discriminatory and may actually protect landlords from the risk of some legal violations such as warranty of habitability or covenant of quiet enjoyment. Tenants with disabilities caused by or made worse by secondhand smoke may also have legal protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Federal Fair Housing Act, or the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Read about a tenant’s legal rights and legal research conducted by the Center for Energy and Environment to learn more about the legalities of smoke-free policies.

Protection from Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke (smoke caused by someone else’s lighted tobacco product) is dangerous and deadly. The 2006 Surgeon General’s Report, “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke,”  concluded that there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke and the only way to protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke is to eliminate the smoke exposure.

In 2006, 49,000 nonsmokers in the United States died from secondhand smoke exposure. It has been linked to diseases such as cancer, asthma, heart disease, respiratory illness, ear infections, and low birth weight. Smoke-free housing allows tenants to enjoy their home without being exposed to the deadly chemicals found in secondhand smoke.

Learn more about why it’s important to protect tenants from the harms of secondhand smoke in the Secondhand Smoke Facts page.

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