Breathe Easy


Smoke-free measures improve quality of life. While some of these results are easy to see, others are less obvious. Breathe Easy is designed to create a better place for you to live.

  • Protect against secondhand smoke
  • Reduce the risk of fires
  • Enjoy fresher-smelling homes and common areas
  • Decrease maintenance costs
  • Improve cleanliness and the community’s overall appeal

New policies are already in place at some communities. More communications are on the way.

What matters to you, matters to us. For questions or concerns, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is considered a smoke-free dwelling or apartment?

A: A smoke-free apartment is one where smoking is not permitted in the unit and adjacent units sharing the same common air handling or HVAC system. This assures that cigarette smoke won’t drift from one unit to another.


Q: Is it illegal for a landlord or owner to designate units smoke-free?

A: It is completely legal to designate rental units as smoke-free.


Q: What is the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) position regarding smoke-free dwellings?

A: In July 2009, HUD issued PIH-2009- 21, and in May 2012, issued PIH-2012-25, which strongly encourage apartment communities to adopt smoke-free housing policies. On September 15, 2010, the Assistant Secretary for Housing issued Notice H 2010-21 to encourage owners and management agents in HUD’s Multifamily Housing rental assistance programs to implement smoke-free housing policies


Q: Don’t individuals have a “right” to smoke in their homes if they choose?

A: There is no legal right to smoke. Smokers are not a protected class under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or other federal law.


Q: Why aren’t all apartment communities smoke-free?

A: Currently, there’s no federal law requiring multifamily housing to be smoke-free.


Q: Why is there such concern about secondhand smoke in workplaces, public places and living spaces?

A: There are several reasons:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 50,000 deaths occur annually in the United States as a result of secondhand smoke-related illnesses, including from heart disease, asthma, lung cancer and other respiratory ailments.
  • It is a Group A carcinogen – a substance known to cause cancer in humans for which there is no safe level of exposure.
  • Increased illnesses in children have also been linked to second-hand smoke.
  • According to the American Association of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the only means of effectively eliminating health risks associated with indoor exposure to tobacco smoke is to ban smoking activity.

Additional Information About the Benefits of Living in Smoke-free Communities


Assistance for Smokers Looking to Quit

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  • American Cancer Society (214) 819-1200
  • Quit Line (877) YES-QUIT
  • National Information Line (800) 117-2345
  • American Lung Association (214) 631-5864
  • Nicotine Anonymous (214) 327-1633
  • The North American Quitline Consortium is a network of toll-free hotlines and websites. (Find your state quitline and resources at )


US Residents

  • English: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or
  • Spanish: 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) or
  • Chinese: 1-800-838-8917 or
  • Korean: 1-800-556-5564 or
  • Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440 or
  • Veterans: 1-855-QUIT VET (1-855-784-8838) or
  • TTY: 1-800-332-8615


Canada Residents

  • English: 1-866-366-3667 or
  • French: 1-866 JARRETE (1-866-527-7383) or