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Petitioning City of Boston, Massachusetts Boston City Council and 16 others
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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

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.


Letter to
City of Boston, Massachusetts Boston City Council
City Councillor at Large John R. Connolly
City Councillor, District 2 William Linehan
and 14 others
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
I just signed the following petition addressed to the Boston City Council, the Mayor, and other Boston City officials.

Keep in mind that medical research has determined that secondhand smoke is harmful to nonsmokers and that SHS is a preventable cause of morbidity or illness - not only for humans, but also for companion animals - for everyone who breathes air polluted by the offloaded secondhand smoke that streams from what smokers burn. Secondhand smoke is not what smokers draw into their lungs; it's what streams off during the burning or combustion process. The particulates are smaller or finer and because they are smaller, they are absorbed into the body's tissues at higher rates and are thus even more harmful than what is breathed in through active smoking. Smokers get SHS also, but both smokers and nonsmokers are impacted by secondhand smoke.
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Require multi-unit residences inside Boston to become100% smoke-free. Secondhand smoke is a preventable cause of morbidity or illness.

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.

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.
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Sincerely,