Ask your landlord about the smoking policy before you sign a lease!

Do you want a smoke-free home?  If just one neighbor smokes secondhand smoke will enter your apartment and your home will no longer be smoke-free.  Avoid surprise.  Know the smoking policy before you sign a lease.

Looking for a smoke-free apartment? Check out the local directory.



  • Want to be listed on our smoke-free apartment directory? Click here.

  • Looking for sample lease language, letters & enforcement tips? Click here.

  • Want FREE signs for your buildings and property? Contact us.

Click here for Smoke-Free Housing for New York.  Lots of resources for both tenants and landlords!
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now requires public housing developments in the U.S. to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents.  Click here to read an overview of the rule

When One Person Smokes, the Whole Building Smokes

  • There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

  • Secondhand tobacco smoke can never be isolated in one apartment or room.

  • Tobacco smoke travels under doors, through air ducts and windows, and into your apartment or hallway.

  • Air filters or air purifiers do not eliminate the dangers of secondhand smoke. Towels and door sweeps do not block secondhand smoke.

  • Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to your children's health.

  • Secondhand smoke is harmful to you, your family, and your pets

  • Secondhand smoke can cause a heart attack or stroke, and is an asthma trigger.

What about thirdhand smoke?

  • THIRDHAND SMOKE is the residue that sticks to clothing and furniture.

  • Thirdhand smoke contains 250 chemicals and has similar effects to LEAD POISONING

  • It is highly toxic to children & triggers asthma

How to avoid secondhand smoke

  • Don't allow smoking in your home or car

  • Don't allow smoking around your children or pets

  • Insist that visitors smoke outdoors, a good distance from the building

  • Read your lease. Ask about the smoking policy for your building

  • Talk to your landlord. Ask your neighbors to smoke outdoors

  • Many apartment buildings and multi-unit houses are becoming smoke-free.

Cortland County

Jennifer Hamilton

Community Engagement Lead Coordinator


Rose Walsh

Reality Check Lead Coordinator


Tompkins County

Ted Schiele

Tompkins County Coordinator


Chenango County

Jamie Hagenbuch

Chenango County Coordinator


Cortland County Health Department

60 Central Ave.

Cortland, NY 13045

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