Smoking Disclosure Policies

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Smoking Disclosure Policies for Housing

Upon request of Mayor Bloomberg, City Council Member Dilan introduced a bill that would require owners and landlords of multiple dwellings to disclose their building’s smoking policy. The bill, Intro. 0833—2012, has been referred to the City Council Housing and Buildings committee.

Facts Every New Yorker Should Know About Residential Smoking Disclosure Policies:

  • Smoking disclosure policies give New Yorkers, including 86% who don’t smoke, a choice. They will be able to choose to live in an environment where they will not be routinely exposed to secondhand smoke.
  • Will help tenants with children, the elderly and chronically ill make informed decisions on where they want to live to protect their health and their children’s health. Children, the elderly, and chronically ill spend more time in the home than adults, thus increasing their exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Federal and state laws have addressed similar residential health hazards such as lead-based paint, radon, and methamphetamine laboratory residue by requiring disclosure in real estate transaction documents. These disclosures appear to have contributed to reducing the health consequences resulting from exposure.
  • 59% of New Yorkers already support smoke-free housing. The disclosure policies will allow them to know whether they’re moving into a smoke-free building. • Can help landlords avoid tenant complaints and conflicts about secondhand smoke drift.
  • Enhance the New York State Real Property Law, which states that every tenant has the right to be free of “dangerous, hazardous or detrimental” conditions.

Disclosure policies have already been implemented successfully in Oregon and Maine. Closer to home, Buffalo and Rockland County, NY have recently passed similar disclosure laws at the municipal level. If you agree that these facts should shape New Yorkers’ decision-making about smoking disclosure policies, please join the broad and diverse coalition of public health advocates, housing organizations, and community groups above by joining your local borough Smoke-Free Partnership.

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