Secondhand Smoke
Protect Your Home

Get the Word Out
Secondhand smoke seeps through windows, doors, ventilation systems and even the walls. The only way to avoid tobacco smoke at home is to make your home totally smoke-free.

Make Your Shared Home Smoke-Free

People who live in apartments, condos or town homes are at even greater risk as secondhand smoke travels through ventilation systems. Eighty-seven percent of Coloradans do not allow smoking in their homes, but if you live in an apartment, condo or town home, smoke from a neighbor could be seeping into your home. 

 If you smell smoke in your home there are several other steps you can take:

  1. Determine where the smoke is coming from and contact property management
    If you can smell smoke, you’re being exposed to its toxins. Air filtration systems do not eliminate the toxic chemicals in secondhand smoke.
  2. Examine your lease
    Most multi-unit housing leases prohibit neighbors from causing annoyance and health problems. It’s possible smoking violates the lease agreement.
  3. Get medical documentation
    If health conditions such as asthma, hay fever, allergies, or pulmonary or cardiac disease are impacted by secondhand smoke, get a doctor’s letter and give it to property management. If management does not take action, contact Colorado's Department of Local Affairs
  4. Put it in writing
    Property managers and landlords may take you more seriously if you put your concerns in writing. Make sure to send a copy to your local health department. 
  5. Get the Word Out
    Talk with other residents about the dangers of secondhand smoke. 
For property managers, one of the primary reasons for implementing a no-smoking policy is the high cost of turning over a smoke damaged unit. These repair costs can range from $5,500 to $12,000. 

By law, landlords must provide reasonable accommodations to people with serious breathing disabilities or smoking allergies.
The My Smoke Free Housing website has a list of over 500 properties with smoke-free policies. The site also provides information for landlords looking to implement smoke-free policies.