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Smoke-Free Tenant Facts

No exposure to secondhand smoke is safe!

  • 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).

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