Californians have protection from exposure to secondhand smoke where they work, eat, and play, but many are still be exposed to secondhand smoke where they live...

​Among the 62.7 million multi-unit housing residents in the U.S. who do not allow smoking in their home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 44% to 46.2% of them are involuntarily exposed to secondhand smoke in their unit.​

​For residents of multi-unit housing (e.g., apartment buildings and condominiums), secondhand smoke can be a major concern because ​secondhand smoke can drift through buildings and enter units occupied by non-smokers through vents, doors, windows, hallways, electrical outlets and through gaps around fixtures and walls.

Exposure to secondhand smoke does not stop there, there is also the residue left behind from second hand smoke, commonly known as thirdhand smoke.





​A Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing Ordinance throughout Riverside County would address this issue by requiring multi-unit housing, including individual units, to be smoke-free

Condominium boards and associations have the legal right to make their condominium property smoke-free, just as they are free to prohibit pets.

​Smoke-free policies are legal to adopt. Owners and landlords 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.

Smoke-free housing policies can benefit owners. It can cost nearly $5,000, on average, in annual costs to properly prepare a multi-unit property such as apartments or homes with shared walls, floors or ceilings for new tenants if the previous occupants smoked.

Additionally, if you have a medical condition made worse by secondhand smoke, disability laws might help address the problem or even force your landlord to make a change.


​The Surgeon General has stated there is no such thing as a "free risk" level of exposure from secondhand smoke, eliminating indoor smoking is the only way to protect non smokers from harmful effects of tobacco smoke.




CA State of Tobacco Control- Riverside County's City Ratings

Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheet- CDC

"​How Disability Laws Can Help Tenants Suffering from Drifting Tobacco Smoke" -Change Lab Solutions

Tenant Guide to Addressing Secondhand Smoke (Spanish)

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Model Ordinance

Regulating Cannabis Smoking in Multi-Unit Housing

Regulating Smoking in Multi-Unit Housing- PHLC

Model Smoke-Free Lease Addendum – PHLC

Model Smoke-Free Lease Addendum – ANRF

Model Smoke-Free Condominium Policy - PHLC

Smoking Policy Addendum – California Apartment Association (requires membership)

Notifying Tenants about the No Smoking Policy

Notification Letter to Multi-Unit Housing Providers

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Equitable Enforcement Strategies - PHLC

Promoting Smoke-Free Policy Compliance: Tips for Managers - Clean Air for All


Example FAQ Page for Cities with SFMUH policy

City of Berkeley

City of Beverly Hills



Addressing Secondhand Smoke: Tobacco and Cannabis Smoke in Multi-Unit Housing (02/21)

Smoke-Free Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: Policy Examples and Local Perspectives (05/21)

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Basics and Best Practices (8/21)


Links to Organizations

American Lung Association (ALA)

American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Public Health Law Center (PHLC)

ChangeLab Solutions