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Temporary Fixes

Short-Term, Quick Fixes

The only way to completely remove the dangers of secondhand smoke from a building is to eliminate smoking in the building.  Here are a few steps you can take while you work with your landlord or property owner or manager and other tenants toward a smoke-free living space.

Ask your landlord help improve the air quality by:

  • Adding more fresh air intake into the ventilation system.
  • Cleaning, changing or installing better filters in the ventilation system.
  • Restricting the amount of air exhausted through the ventilation system from the units of tenants who smoke.
  • Speak with tenants who smoke and request they smoke only near open windows and with enhanced air filtration (fans, etc.).
  • Install door sweeps to keep out drifting smoke.
  • Fill or patch all cracks around plumbing pipes and those inside of cabinets on common walls.
  • Inspecting the structure of your residence, sometimes structural weaknesses will allow secondhand smoke seepage.