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Maine Smoke-Free Housing Facts

Adopting a smoke-free policy is a win-win situation for you and your residents.

  • 8 out of 10 tenants, including smokers, would choose to live in a smoke-free complex.
    • In a 2014 survey of Maine multi-unit housing residents, 50% of those surveyed said “all things being equal I would be willing to pay a little more in rent if it meant I could live in a smoke-free building.”
  • 100% smoke-free policies reduce property damage and fire risk.
    • A unit where smoking occurs can be 400% more expensive to turn-over, on average the cost is $5,000 more per unit to rehabilitate.
  • 65% of private landlords in Maine have chosen to go smoke-free.
  • A smoke-free policy is not discriminatory.
    • As landlord or property owner or manager, you can legally restrict or prohibit smoking in a rental building as long as the policy does not target a protected class or minority.
    • The right to smoke is not protected under law, according to an opinion written by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
    • Nonsmokers with serious breathing disabilities such as asthma or allergies have legal protection under federal and state law.
  • There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
    • Secondhand smoke is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Maine and in the United States.