Smoke-Free Residences in Boston
  • Petitioned Boston City Council

This petition was delivered to:

City of Boston, Massachusetts
Boston City Council
City Councillor at Large
John R. Connolly
City Councillor, District 2
William Linehan
City Councillor, District 6
Matthew O'Malley
Chief Operating Officer, City of Boston, Massachusetts
Dennis DiMarzio
City Clerk, City of Boston, Massachusetts
Rosaria Salerno
City Councillor at Large
Felix Arroyo
City Councillor, District 9
Mark Ciommo
City Councillor, District 6
Robert Consalvo
City Councillor, District 7
Tito Jackson
City Councillor, District 1
Salvatore Lamattina
City Councillor at Large
Stephen Murphy
City Councillor at Large
Ayanna Pressley
City Councillor, District 8
Michael Ross
City Councillor, District 4
Charles Yancey
Mayor, City of Boston, Massachusetts
Thomas M. Menino
City Councillor, District 3
Frank Baker

Smoke-Free Residences in Boston

    1. Maynard Clark
    2. Petition by

      Maynard Clark

      Boston, MA

Requiring all multi-unit residences inside Boston to become verifiably 100% smoke-free contributes greatly to public wellness, operating efficiency, worker productivity, child health, and reduced stress between urban dwellers in the same unit and in surrounding neighborhoods.  Banning smoking in all units, throughout the residential structure, and within 100 yards of all entryways and windows can help make Boston the better place to live that we all desire, and aggressive smoking cessation programs and community engagement - including the faith communities - can make both the law and the public health affordable and successful..

Multi-housing owners, managers, and residents can all benefit from a smoke-free policy. Smoke-free buildings are cost-effective, safe, and healthy.

Market Advantages: Buildings may be able to attract more tenants by going smoke free. Research shows that renters want smoke-free housing! Many renters are even willing to pay more rent and make other sacrifices, such as walking farther to a bus stop or driving farther to work, to live in a smoke-free building

Reduced Costs: Cleaning costs are lower when you don’t have to scrub, paint, and replace items in an apartment that smell like smoke or are covered in residue
Fewer fire risks: Smoking-related fires are deadly and costly. By going smoke-free, you eliminate the source of smoking-related fires. Some insurance companies may even provide reduced premium rates to buildings that are smoke free or to tenants who live in a smoke-free building. For more information on smoking-related fires in apartments, view Live Smoke Free's fact sheet "Up in Flames: Smoking in Apartment Unit is dangerous for the building, for the unit dweller, and for others in the building.

Smoke-free policies are legal: A building owner/manager can legally make a rental building (or entire property) completely smoke free.

Protection from secondhand smoke: All residents, guests, and staff members are protected from the serious health dangers associated with secondhand smoke exposure.

Require multi-unit residences inside Boston to become verifiably 100% smoke-free, banning smoking in all units, throughout the residential structure, and within 100 yards of all entryways and windows.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. ~Three-fifths of all Americans support total ban on public smoking

      Maynard Clark
      Petition Organizer

      A majority of Americans (59%) support a ban on smoking in all public places for the first time since Gallup initially asked the question in 2001. At the same time, fewer than 2 in 10 support the idea of making smoking totally illegal in this country.

      With advancing science on the general harmfulness of exposure to other persons' secondhand smoke, the American people are becoming bolder in asking for a total ban on all public smoking, and one in five support totally outlawing all smoking.

      This is not a time to cut slack to illegal drug use; it's a time to move in the direction of evidence-based public health policies.

    3. Reached 5 signatures
    4. Apartment-dwelling means more second-hand smoke

      Maynard Clark
      Petition Organizer

      A survey involving non-smoking residents of multi-unit dwellings in the US revealed that one third had smelled second-hand smoke in their building, with half of those claiming the smell was present in their own apartment, reported msnbc.

      Worryingly, out of all of the participants who could smell tobacco smoke, 41 per cent of the reports came from families with children, as opposed to 26 per cent of the reports coming from people with no children.

      Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, study researcher and associate professor in pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, suggested this may be because people with children generally tend to be poorer and live in larger blocks housing more smokers.

      He also said that there was a general correlation between smoking and poverty.

      Winickoff's previous study showed 9 out of 10 children in apartments had cotinine, a chemical that can indicate someone has breathed in cigarette smoke, present in their blood systems.

    5. Non-smoking apartment dwellers have secondhand smoke (SHS) risk

      Maynard Clark
      Petition Organizer

      Apartment building dwellers and children breathe in tobacco smoke, even if no one in their own household smokes, a new study shows.

      About one-third of study participants living in apartment buildings, condominiums, and other MULTI-UNIT housing reported smelling smoke in their buildings, and about half of those residents reported smelling smoke in their OWN units. Apartment building dwellers were only eligible to participate in the study if no members of their household smoked in the home.

    6. SHS puts children and the vulnerable at risk for chronic and other diseases

      Maynard Clark
      Petition Organizer

      Exposure puts children at risk for respiratory diseases

      BOSTON – Noisy neighbors and broken-down elevators are common downsides of apartment living. You also can add unwanted tobacco smoke to the list of hazards, according to research to be presented Sunday, April 29, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston.

      Studies have shown that tobacco smoke can seep from one apartment into another. The extent to which this happens, however, is unclear.

      Researchers from the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence surveyed a nationally representative sample of adults living in apartments to examine factors associated with unwanted tobacco smoke. The center, named for a former U.S. surgeon general, is committed to protecting children from tobacco and secondhand smoke.


    Reasons for signing

    • Gerald Schiller NEWBURY PARK, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Scientists have shown that tobacco smoke in one unit can move throughout a building. It is vital for public health to require no smoking inside apartments and condos, on balconies and patios and common areas.

    • Jonathan Krueger PLEASANTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Do the right thing.

      Remember: if this was any other airborne pollutant, with the same proven toxicity to hearts and lungs, WE WOULDN'T EVEN BE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION. Everyone would agree: GET RID OF IT.

    • Cecille Platek WATERTOWN, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Live healthy. We are suppose to be smoke free and we are not!

    • Carrie Smith NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      This is the right thing to do to be fair to all residences of any building. No one should be subjected to second hand smoke. New York City is not too far behind in implementing similar legislation.

    • Willem Hulscher ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop poisening us (if you have to breath the smoke of others) and our children


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