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Montana Smokefree Housing

Smokefree Property Sign with link to online store                                           An Apartment Owner’s and Manager’s Guide to Going Smokefree

The Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP) provides free signs and resources for landlords and residents of multi-unit housing. MTUPP has Tobacco Prevention Specialists in your community to provide professional guidance and help to develop and enforce smokefree policies.

Resources for Landlords and Owners

As a landlord, you can play a role in eliminating a significant cause of illness in the home and a major cause of preventable death in the United States: secondhand smoke. You can also save money on apartment turnover and attract more tenants by adopting a smokefree policy in your facility.

Sample Smokefree Policy and Lease Addendum

Compliance and Enforcement Tips

Resources for Tenants and Residents

If you live in an apartment without a smokefree policy, your health is at risk. That is because doors and walls cannot stop a neighbors' tobacco smoke from finding its way into your unit. Smoke drifts through ventilation systems, through doorways and windows, and even through electrical outlets.

Going Smokefree Matters             Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing

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Secondhand Smoke is a Health Risk

Secondhand smoke – the smoke that comes from a lighted tobacco product or from a person who is smoking tobacco – contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Of these chemicals, 11 are known cancer-causing poisons and 250 are known toxins. The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, "The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke" concluded that there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke, and the only way to protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke is to eliminate the smoke exposure.

Children are especially vulnerable to secondhand smoke toxins, since they breathe faster than adults, and weigh less. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms and slowed lung growth.

A minimum of 38,000 and up to 65,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. as a result of diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke. Adults exposed to secondhand smoke are at a 25-30% increased risk of coronary heart disease. Thousands of people in the U.S. suffer from conditions caused by or made worse by secondhand smoke. As many as 175 Montanans die annually from exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.

More Resources

For additional assistance, please contact

Hollie Kelly, MPH, CHES
Tobacco Policy Specialist
Telephone: (406) 444-7896