Workplaces, bars, and restaurants are now 100 percent smoke-free because of Michigan's new smoke-free air law. This is great for the health and economy of our state.
Unfortunately, while the new law covers common areas of apartments and condominiums, smoking may still be allowed in individual units. The good news is that a smoke-free policy that covers the entire building, including individual units, is legal and simple to enact.
Landlords and property owners know that the costs of allowing smoking in their building are extremely high, including cleaning and maintenance costs, the cost of repainting, and increased risk of fire. There are also numerous health risks associated with second hand smoke exposure for themselves and their nonsmoking tenants. Smoke-free policies are the best way to lower the cost of maintaining a property, and the health gains are an added benefit.
The website www.mismokefreeapartment.org has great information about smoke-free policies for both landlords and tenants. I encourage people to visit this website and learn about the benefits of a smoke-free policy for their property, their home, their children, and their families.
Kelly A Carr R.R.T.
Smoking Cessation Specialist