Support Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Residential Housing
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Second hand smoke from combustive products such as cigarettes, cigars, and cannabis is an established health hazard. All smoke contains harmful particulates and numerous toxic chemicals that increase risks of cancers of the lung, mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas and cervix. Exposure to smoke also impairs child development and increases risks of chronic diseases (e.g. cardiovascular, kidney and neurological disease).
Over 30 percent of Torontonians living in multi-unit dwellings have reported regular exposure to second hand smoke infiltrating their units from other units.
The chemical composition of second hand smoke from many of cumbustive products contains toxins such as Benzene, lead, and Formaldehyde that are proven carcinogens.
Due to shared infrastructural elements in multi-unit dwellings second hand smoke signifies an important air quality issue that contributes to sick building syndrome as well.
The conventional ventilation systems as well as new building designs that promote energy efficiency have proved to be ineffective in limiting this exposure and with the provincial plans to let recreational cannabis mostly smoked at homes, the rights of non-smokers to smoke-free air and an important health and safety issue is being dismissed by federal and provincial laws when it comes to residents of multi-unit dwellings.
As a housing provider, City of Toronto could play a leadership role in solving this problem by banning smoking in its multi-unit residential housing.
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