The advantages of smoke free housing are clear.
Smoke free housing is healthy and safe for all – ensures that all home owners, tenants, visitors, staff and contractors are protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure. Smoke free living is especially important when residents are more vulnerable to the effects of smoking due to age, frailty, and poor health. This vulnerability can be compounded when residents may not have the ability to speak up for themselves about the ill affects their neighbour’s smoking is having on their lives.
Financial benefits – there are financial benefits for owners, landlords and residents, including reduced fire risk and cigarette-related burn marks that involve repair and replacement costs; reduced cleaning costs due to smoke residue stains on upholstery and walls; reduced risk of legal action; and potentially higher property re-sale/rental prices.
Avoiding potential legal liability – smoke drifting into another resident’s home can be harmful and infringes upon the rights of that resident to a safe and healthy home. This can form the basis of legal claims by that person against the smoker and the landlord.
The community supports smoke free housing – most West Australians are non-smokers, with approximately 85% of adults and 95% of school age children in WA choosing to not smoke. Research proves that 90% of Australians prefer to live in a smoke free environment. Providing smoke free housing makes sense as such housing is responsive to community demand.