While smoking has decreased in Alameda County, many individuals are still affected by secondhand smoke every day, especially in their homes. Drifting smoke in multi-unit housing (apartments, condos, etc.) puts everyone in the building at risk since the smoke spreads to other rooms and units. Although homeowners’ associations and landlords can pass their own smoke-free policies, communities are working together to use local laws to protect residents from the dangers of tobacco smoke.
The Coalition’s goal is to ensure that all multi-unit housing residents can breathe clean air in their homes by:
- educating policymakers, residents, landlords and property managers
- advocating for strong 100% smoke-free multi-unit housing policies in Alameda County
A comprehensive 100% smoke-free multi-unit housing (SFMUH) ordinance includes all residential buildings with 2 or more units, whether rented or owned, and covers all units, patios, balconies, and indoor and outdoor common areas. Examples of such residential buildings include apartments, condominiums, townhomes, and duplexes. In Alameda County, the cities of Alameda, Albany, and Emeryville have comprehensive policies.
Make Your Voice Heard
The Alameda County Public Health Department needs your help to complete a survey on smoking in housing in your community. If you live in Alameda County in a building with 2 or more units, whether rented or owned, we want to hear from you. Please click here to complete our confidential online survey. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions which we value greatly. We will share this information when we approach local policymakers about addressing secondhand smoke in their communities. Please note that no identifiable information will be shared.
Click here for local SFMUH policies in each city in Alameda County.
- Smoke-free Multi-unit Housing video (Tobacco Free California)
- Thirdhandsmoke Frequently Asked Questions (Thirdhandsmoke Resource Center)
- Resource Guide for Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing (California Tobacco Control Program)
- Smoke-free Housing Options (American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation)
- Resources for Tobacco-Free Housing (Law and Policy Center to End the Commercial Tobacco Epidemic)
- Roadmap of Policy Options for Smoke-Free Multi Unit Housing (ChangeLab Solutions)