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Going Smoke-Free One Step at a Time

Get Informed

Read through all of the information that is provided on the Coalition for a Tobaco-Free Hawaiʻi’s website or call us for a packet of materials that will include:

  1. 1)The dangers of tobacco smoke

  2. 2)Your rights as an owner/landlord/board

  3. 3)Resources you can use to help you along the way

  4. 4)And who can help you!

Share the Information

Reach out to your board of directors, other owners and tenants and get your resident manager, property manager, and property management company involved. Tell them:

  • These policies are not meant to be against smokers. Smoke-free home policies are intended to protect your family, friends, pets, and visitors from secondhand smoke.

  • Smoke-free policies can also help save you money in maintenance costs and on potential damage from fire.

Gain Support

You can also do a petition or survey, to see how much interest there is around the topic. This will also help convince board members that this is an issue of importance to the community.

Present to the Board

Download the PowerPoint and summary sheets from our website to create a presentation for the board or your owner(s). If you need help, contact the Coalition and we can send a co-facilitator to assist you.

Crating smoke-free policies is 100% legal, you can also download a statement from the Attorney General’s office and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development field office in Honolulu that states just that.

The Coalition can help guide you and your board through the process of enacting a smoke-free policy.

Implement the policy

Please view and feel free to download the document provided below for a guide and tips that help boards, property managers, resident managers, and owners implement new smoke-free policies and provides them tips on how to enforce smoke-free policies.

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Financial Benefits of
Going Smoke-Free

Protect your investment!

Going smoke-free saves you money—and helps save your building. Here are some interesting facts:

→ Cleaning & Repair Costs

Tobacco smoke leaves a sticky residue on walls, curtains, blinds, appliances, and ceilings. The odor often stays in carpets, curtains, and walls. Dropped ashes may result in damage to tiles, carpets, countertops, and bathtubs.

When a smoking tenant moves out, costly cleaning and repairs are often necessary to prepare the unit for a new tenant.

  • 1)Removing brown-yellow stains from walls, cabinets, blinds, and fixtures.

  • 2)Eliminating smoke odor from drapes, carpets, and walls through cleaning or removal.

  • 3)Repairing or replacing damaged, burned, or singed carpet, tiles, drapes, countertops, and bathtubs.

→ Fire Risks

Cigarettes are the leading cause of fires in buildings as well as the number one cause of fires that result in death.

In 2008 smoking-material fires caused:

  • 680 deaths

  • 1,520 injuries

  • 737 million in direct property damage

→ Resale Value

Research suggests that smoke-free apartment buildings may have increased re-sale value, should you ever decide to sell your building. Agents who have assisted people selling or shopping for everything from starter-home Capes to Victorian mansions, agree: as the number of public places in which a person can smoke has shrunk, so has the number of home buyers who are even willing to consider a house with smoking in its past.

Dangers of SecondHand Smoke

There is no safe level of exposure

According to the U.S. Surgeon General (2010) any level, even brief exposure to smoke, is dangerous and can be harmful.

→ Harmful Effects
  • Causes an estimated 46,000 premature deaths from heart disease & 3,400 lung cancer deaths in the United States among nonsmokers annually.

  • According to the U.S. Surgeon General (2014), exposure to secondhand smoke increases risk for heart attack and strokes, even in non-smokers by 50%.

  • Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk of:

    • Sudden infant death syndrome

    • Ear infections

    • More frequent & severe asthma attacks

    • Asthma

    • Colds, pneumonia, bronchitis

  • Causes or exacerbates respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, especially in infants, children and older persons.

  • Is a major health threat to persons with asthma and can be fatal.

  • There are over 7,000 identifiable chemicals in secondhand smoke. At least 69 of these chemicals cause cancer.

Secondhand smoke cannot be controlled by ventilation, air cleaning or the separation of smokers from non-smokers.
The only solution to this problem is to make buildings 100% smoke-free.

Dangers of Third-Hand Smoke

A 100% smoke free environment is the most effective way to eliminate the presence of tobacco.

→ What is Third-hand Smoke?
  • The residual tobacco toxins that remain after the cigarette is extinguished.

  • Is what you smell when a smoker gets in an elevator after smoking or entering a room where someone has smoked.

  • Among the substances in third-hand smoke are hydrogen cyanide, used in chemical weapons; butane, used in lighter fluid; toluene, found in paint thinners; arsenic lead, carbon monoxide, and others.

→ You & Your Condo
  • Removing these toxins from surfaces such as a carpet with long term exposure, is nearly impossible. A study done in 2010 found that third-hand smoke remained in a home for two months after smokers moved out.

  • In buildings where substantial smoking has occurred, replacing furnishings, carpets, and wallboards can significantly reduce exposures.

  • Children and infants are especially susceptible to third-hand smoke because they breathe near, crawl, play on, touch and mouth contaminated surfaces.

Implementation of a 100% smoke-free environment, through the elimination of the primary smoking source, is the most effective tobacco control measure.

Top 5 Reasons For
A No-Smoking Policy


Smoke-free buildings are what residents want.

A no-smoking policy is a no-smoker policy: all residents can enjoy smoke-free housing.

  • A majority of Hawaiʻi residents—81%—prefer smoke-free housing.

  • The Coalition continues to identify condominiums with smoke-free policies and has seen growing trend of smoke-free condominiums over the years.

A no-smoking policy is not a no-smoker policy; all residents can enjoy smoke-free housing


Smoke-free buildings are healthier.

A no-smoking policy is the only way to keep smoke from drifting throughout the building.

  • Secondhand smoke exposure is a leading cause of preventable death Hawaiʻi.

  • There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke—even small amounts cause immediate damage to the body.

A no-smoking policy is the only way to keep smoke from drifting throughout the building.


Smoke-free buildings save money.

Over time, the decision to allow smoking can reduce the long-term value of a property.

  • Units cost more to turn due to additional cleaning costs and having to replace carpets before their expected lifespan.

  • Lingering odor can still make the unit more difficult to rent.

Over time, the decision to allow smoking can even reduce the long term value of a property.


Smoke-free buildings are safer.

A no-smoking policy helps to protect all residents, guests and staff from preventable fires.

  • Smoking is a leading cause of preventable fires in apartment complexes in Hawaiʻi.

  • Fires caused by smoking in apartment units result in more deaths and property damage than any other cause.

A no-smoking policy helps to protect all residents, guests and staff from preventable fires.


Smoke-free buildings are the future.

  • As people learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke, the support and demand for smoke-free housing will continue to grow.

  • Property managers who allow smoking are facing legal challenges from residents seeking protection from smoke.