Home. Where you live – be it a house, a condo, or a rented apartment – should be a place where you feel healthy, safe, and comfortable. Many choose to live in a smoke-free home because it’s one of the best things you can do for your health and the health of your family.
The demand for smoke-free environments is on the rise. British Columbians are protected from second-hand smoke in indoor workplaces and public places, including public spaces in apartment buildings and condos. If home for you is an apartment or condo, you may still be unwillingly exposed to second-hand smoke because of neighbouring units. Smoke can creep in through windows, hallways, and from neighbouring balconies. This can be stressful and upsetting.
As a tenant, there are steps you can take to protect your health and your loved ones:
- Before you rent, browse the Smoke-Free BC Registry where landlords and strata corporations list their smoke-free rental buildings.
- Before renting ask the landlord if the rental is/has been smoke-free.
- Learn about your rights and how to take action if you are experiencing unwanted second-hand smoke exposure in your home.
Smokefreehousingbc.ca is a fantastic resource for tenants, landlords and strata corporations. Find advice on steps you can take to address second hand smoke, tools and resources, information on your rights, on laws and legal issues.
Is your home smoke-free? How do you protect yourself and your family against second hand smoke?
Author's Bio: Stacy White is a Health Promotions Analyst in the Healthy Living Branch, with a focus on Smoking Cessation. She is passionate about healthy, sustainable environments. In her free time, Stacy enjoys reading, volunteering with local NGOs, inventing recipes in the kitchen, and getting outside.