Smoke-Free Guidance for Housing Providers and Landlords
Implementing a smoke-free policy is one of the best ways property managers and owners can protect their investment and the health of their residents and staff.
Did you know...
- It is 100% legal for an owner or manager to restrict or ban smoking in all or part of the property they own or manage?
- You can save thousands of dollars turning over an individual unit if a resident doesn't smoke indoors?
- The majority of residents in market and affordable housing in Colorado want smoke-free policies where they live?
- There is no way to filter smoke from the air or purify the air that is contaminated from secondhand smoke?
- The only way to protect other residents from smoke is to ban indoor smoking?
- You can reduce your liability and chances of fire, and you might qualify for reduced insurance premiums if you enact a smoke-free policy?
Local public health agencies can also be a great resource for housing providers looking to implement a smoke-free policy. If your local agency does not provide assistance in smoke-free housing policies, please submit a request to DPH.TobaccoTean@dhha.org.
Policy Change: Getting Help From Your Local Health Department
It is strongly encouraged that housing providers contact their local health agency/department, for smoke-free process assistance. A health department may be able to provide resources such as:
- Model and sample policies.
- Presentations for residents on the health effects of smoke.
- Presentations for staff, providing the tools they need to explain and enforce the policy.
- Connections to other hosing providers who have gone smoke-free.
- Cessation resources to help support policies and enforcement.
- Help with 'making the case' to owners, board members and other stakeholders.
Smoke-Free Policy Benefits
There are many health and economic benefits that come with implementing a smoke-free policy. It is important to include these when educating residents and housing providers. Housing providers are interested in protecting their investment, as well as employee and resident health; providing them with the tools and resources to answer resident questions and justify the policy is one key to successful enforcement.
Smoke-Free Training for Housing Providers
The Denver Public Health Chronic Disease Tobacco Team, in collaboration with our Leadership Advisory Team, will provide two trainings, catered to housing providers, focused on topics pertaining to smoke-free housing policies.
Some training topics will include:
- Phases of implementation.
- Sample policy language.
- Enforcement strategies.
- Resident engagement.
Training dates and locations are currently being scheduled; please check back for updated information.
According to the surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition, secondhand smoke is known to cause heart disease and cancer in those who have never smoked. It can also increase the risk that children will develop asthma or die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Impacts of smoke-free housing policies.
- Smoke-free environments and resident engagement.
Smoke-Free Housing Guides
- Colorado Guide: Establishing No Smoking Policies in Multi-unit Housing.
- HUD Change is in the Air.
- HUD Smoke-free Housing Toolkits - Owners.
- HUD Smoke-free Housing Toolkits - Residents.
Free Smoke-Free Signs, Posters and Brochures
Policy and Document Library
Denver Housing Authority (DHA)
- Colorado Smoke-Free Multiunit Housing Resource Packet
- South Metro Housing Options
- Sample Policy
- Sample Violation Letter
- Denver Housing Authority
- DHA Public Housing Rules of Occupancy
- Non-smoking Housing Policy
- Notice of Non-smoking Policy
- Colorado Smoke-Free Multi-unit Housing Resource Packet