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.
Nonsmokers with serious breathing disabilities such as asthma or allergies have legal protection under federal and state law.
Secondhand smoke is a major trigger for asthma, especially for children.
Up to 65% of air moves between units in multi-unit buildings. This includes secondhand smoke toxins if smoking is allowed in a building.
A smoke-free policy is not discriminatory. A landlord or property owner or manager is legally able to 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).