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Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing

Welcome and thank you for your interest in living a smoke-free and healthy lifestyle. Whether you're a property manager or owner considering implementing a smoke-free policy or a renter concerned about your exposure to secondhand smoke, this website has the information you need to live smoke free.

Currently 206,000 Nashvillians live in apartments in Davidson County and that number is projected to grow. It's estimated that 66% of those residents are exposed to secondhand smoke, while only 29% are smokers themselves. Secondhand smoke is more than an annoyance; it's a serious health hazard that can lead to disease and premature death in children and nonsmoking adults.

Secondhand smoke can drift into individual homes and common areas through air ducts, cracks in floors and walls, stairwells, hallways, plumbing and electrical lines. And, it cannot be controlled with ventilation or air cleaning. According to the Surgeon General there is no safe level of contact with secondhand smoke, and the only way to eliminate the health risk is to ban smoking.

Living smoke free is a win/win for residents and property managers. A smoke-free policy can save money on maintenance costs, as well as fire risks. It's legal and easier to implement than most managers and owners expect. If you're a property manager who wants to make your community a safe, clean refuge where residents can enjoy quality life, explore the resources this website has to offer. Residents, we also have resources available to help you live a smoke-free lifestyle.

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