State Street Lofts in Ankeny is a smoke-free building managed by Caliber Iowa. Smoke-free housing is becoming largely sought after in Iowa and across the country. A smoke-free policy is beneficial for both property owners, managers, and tenants. It saves property owners and managers money and eliminates the health effects of secondhand smoke for non-smokers. While there is no Federal or State law that bans smoking in multi-unit housing properties, it is 100% legal for property owners to adopt a smoke-free policy.
A smoke-free policy saves property managers money and the hassle of cleaning a unit that has been smoked it, which can incur costs two to seven times greater than a smoke-free unit. Also, a 2012 study found that 75% of Central Iowa renters prefer smoke-free housing. The air in multi-unit housing properties is exchanged between units, involuntarily exposing tenants to secondhand smoke. By choosing to live in a smoke-free building, renters can be assured that their health is being protected from dangerous toxins found in tobacco smoke.
The American Lung Association in Iowa works with property owners and managers to assist with implementing a smoke-free policy in multi-unit housing properties. If you’re interested in more information, adopting a policy or would like resources for your smoke-free property, please contact the American Lung Association at 515-309-9507.
*If you know of a smoke-free multi-unit housing property that is not listed, please contact the American Lung Association.
ASAP supports American Lung Association presentation at Parkview Middle School
American Lung Association (ALA) staff presented to 6th grade students at Parkview Middle School in Ankeny on October 14th and 15th in celebration of October’s Red Ribbon Week.
ALA staff presented ‘Tobacco: The Real Story’, educating Ankeny youth on the effects of tobacco use, what’s in a cigarette, dangers of secondhand and thirdhand smoke, and other tobacco products including chew, snus, hookah and electronic cigarettes.
The American Lung Association in Iowa receives funding from the Iowa Department of Public Health through a Community Partnership Tobacco Control grant. This Community Partnership serves Polk, Dallas, Warren, Jasper and Madison counties.