The Majority of Householders and Residents are Contented with Non-smoking Policies

The majority of householders in six upstate counties have non-smoking polices in their rented accommodation and are contented with those policies, according to a survey conducted by the Siena College Research Institute.

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The given survey was conducted by the Southern Adirondack Tobacco-Free Coalition and Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition the results are based on answers received from 421 householders in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. The householders, who lead more than 10,000 units of housing in the region, were asked about their tobacco policies.

In all six counties, more than half (54%) of householders have a smoking policy in some of their multi-unit rental properties. 53% of householders would have had this smoking policy in place for at least five years, while 17% have had the policy for less than three years.

Non-smoking policies may be different and may ban residents and visitors to carry lit tobacco inside all or some rental properties, entrances and common premises.

Tri-City Rentals, the biggest apartment management in the region, undertook a corporate decision last year to support all of their apartment communities to implement at least one of their buildings to a non-smoking policy. At this moment 10 of the company’s apartment communities have no less than one no-smoking building and also the Glen at Sugar Hill, a 60-unit luxury apartment community in Brunswick, opened as fully smoke-free.

According to Stanford Research Institute survey that was conducted by mail and online between April 20 and June 28, householders with smoke-free policies stated that their main reason of the non-smoking rules implementation were lowering the level of flammability (91%) and reducing frequency of cleaning and repairs (85 %). Decreasing the health risk from residents and lowering complaints from leaseholders were also the biggest reasons, followed by lowering insurance rates.

The number of those with policies (80%) agreed that maintaining a non-smoking policy has lowered their exploitation costs and 61% of them had positive response from leaseholders and their guests. About 80% stated that leaseholders haven’t complained about the non-smoking rules.

“I didn’t receive any complain and I haven’t found any trace of smoking in my building since the non-smoking policies came into force,” stated Robert McRae, an Albany householder, who converted his three-unit group house into non-smoking one six years ago. “I can’t bring any disadvantages of a smoke-free building.”

Householders without a smoking policy stated that the most difficult issue is to enforce this policy. More than 43% of property owners declared that the enforcement may be complicated but 97% of the householders said that they were contented with their decision to exercise the policy.

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