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The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke, meaning that even small amounts of smoke have the potential to cause disease and death.
Individuals living in multiunit housing are particularly susceptible to secondhand smoke exposure in the home. Secondhand smoke can infiltrate smoke-free living units from units and shared areas where smoking occurs.
Secondhand smoke can cause a variety of serious illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and asthma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that approximately 50,000 nonsmokers die every year from diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.
Below is a list of resources about smoke-free multi-unit housing for landlords and tenants.