- Up to 65 % of the air in a unit can come from other units2 and second-hand smoke cannot be fully removed by ventilation systems, filters or even air purifiers.1
- No matter how well a building is built or maintained second-hand smoke can drift into housing units through open windows, doors, electrical outlets, ceiling fixtures, shared ventilation systems, through cracks and crevices between units, through balconies, patios and porches.1
Regularly exposed to drifting
You have options.
If you are exposed to drifting second-hand smoke in your home on a regular basis Smoke-Free Housing Ontario has many tools and resources available such as:
Ask For It!
Smoke-free housing is safer and healthier for all.
Is it legal?
Under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) it is illegal to smoke tobacco or cannabis and use an e-cigarette to vape any substance in the common areas (such as lobbies, elevators, stairwells, covered parking garages and hallways) of condominiums, apartments or post-secondary residence buildings.
The SFOA, 2017 does not apply to a private, self-contained unit such as an apartment or condominium. However, landlords and property owners have the legal right to implement no-smoking policies that could include individual units, balconies or even the entire property.