Ban All Smoking in All Multi-Unit Housing

Ban All Smoking in All Multi-Unit Housing

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MICHELE GUSTUS started this petition to Denver City Council

I live in a high-rise condominium building in downtown Denver where many people are smoking anything from cigarettes, to marijuana, to e-cigarettes exposing everyone in the building to various toxins, chemicals, and carcinogens.  And since there are no laws banning this, we are having difficulty getting any relief from this health hazard.  And it is virtually impossible to convert an existing condominium building into a smokefree one, which is why I am asking you all to consider and explore banning all smoking in all multi-unit housing in the city of Denver.

A few highlights regarding smoking and multi-unit housing:

  • There is no constitutional right to smoke and as smokers are not a legally recognized protected class smoking bans are not discriminatory.
  • Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals and more than 50 carcinogens.  It is classified as a Class A carcinogen
  • The U.S. Surgeon General has said there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, and eliminating indoor smoking is the only way to protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke exposure.
  • People living in multi-unit dwellings are exposed involuntarily to secondhand smoke. As smoke travels from its point of generation in a building to all other areas of the building.  Even in buildings with good ventilation, exposure to secondhand smoke occurs.
  • In fact, up to 65% of the air in apartments comes from other units.
  • According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), secondhand smoke cannot be controlled by ventilation, air cleaning or the separation of smokers from non-smokers. ASHRAE encourages smoke-free policies as the only complete solution to the problem of secondhand smoke.
  • Lowering the risk of fire. According to the U.S. Fire Administration of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), cigarettes are a leading cause of fires in buildings, and number one cause of fires that result in death.
  • Insurance expense savings.  Some Insurance companies reduce their premiums if the building is smoke-free.  Might want to ask our insurer if they provide any discounts for this.
  • Avoiding lawsuits.  There are a growing number of legal cases suing landlords and HOAs for second-hand smoke damages.
  • Approximately 85% of the population (including Colorado) are non-smokers and all surveys consistently show the majority of people (including smokers) support smokefree multi-unit housing but only a small percent actually lives in a smokefree building as there is so little supply. 
  • Last year HUD enacted a rule that all public housing is to be smokefree and in California there are now over 50 cities that have enacted non-smoking laws within all multi-unit housing, so there are existing laws that can be referred to and referenced as guidance so there is no need to start from scratch. 
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