Health Unit calls for smoke-free policies in multi-units

November 19, 2015

Huron County, ON – November 24 to 30 is Home Safety Week and the Huron County Health Unit is calling on local multi-unit housing providers to adopt smoke-free policies in their units.

“It’s important for landlords and tenants to come together and adopt smoke-free policies for their buildings to help protect everyone from unnecessary health and safety risks,” says Tobacco Enforcement Officer Patrick Landry.

Currently, one in three Ontarians resides in an apartment, condo or co-op where they may be involuntarily exposed to tobacco smoke through shared walls, hallways or ventilation systems. Smoking indoors is also the number one source of fires in the home.

Second-hand smoke contains more than 7000 chemicals. Exposure to second-hand smoke in multi-unit housing affects the health of all residents, especially infants, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Pets can also be affected.

Tenants can ask for buildings to adopt smoke-free policies, which will help benefit their health by reducing their exposure to second-hand smoke. Smoke-free policies can also help reduce the risk of fire, which improves the bottom line for landlords.

Properties with smoke-free policies are cheaper on average to renovate or turnover than those where smoking is allowed. Smoke-free policies can also lead to cheaper insurance premiums due to reduced risk of fire.

For more information on smoke-free housing and fire prevention, visit


Our media contact is: Rita Marshall, Communications Co-ordinator, Huron County Health Unit, 519.482.3416 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143 ext. 2023 or

Our spokesperson is: Patrick Landry, Tobacco Enforcement Officer. Our media contact will connect you to our spokesperson on this topic


For more information contact:

Susan Cronin, County Clerk
519.524.8394 (ext 3257)