The Northwestern Health Unit is calling on multi-unit housing providers in the Kenora and Rainy River districts to adopt smoke-free policies for their buildings.
With second-hand smoke containing more than 7,000 chemicals, exposure in multi-unit housing affects the health of all residents, particularly infants, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
“It is important for landlords and tenants to come together and adopt smoke-free policies to help protect everyone from unnecessary health risks,” said Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, Medical Officer of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit.
In addition to the health benefits, implementing smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing can make a home significantly safer by helping reduce the risk of fire.
As well, safer buildings can lead to cheaper insurance premiums while smoke-free properties also are cheaper, on average, to renovate and turn over than those that allow smoking.