MHA Non-Smoking Policy

Dear Residents,

In order to provide a healthier environment for our residents and guests, our property has decided make our buildings, including individual units, completely smoke free. The harmful effects of secondhand and third hand smoke and the fire dangers caused by smoking indoors are simply too great to ignore.

The common areas in your building are already smoke free (this includes hallways, community rooms, laundry rooms, and vestibules). A smoke-free policy for all individual units will be phased in as leases are renewed.

Hazards of Secondhand Smoke Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard. It is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States, causing approximately 49,000 deaths each year. The 2010 U.S. Surgeon General’s report states that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand and third hand smoke is particularly dangerous to children and has been linked to childhood asthma, low birth weight, ear infections, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Fire Risk Smoking is the leading cause of fire death in the United States. Fires can start on balconies and porches as well as in units. According to the National Fire Protection Association’s report “The Smoking-Materials Fire Problem,” one in four (24%) victims who die in residential smoking-related fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire. Fires caused by smoking are costly, deadly, and leave many people with damaged property and no place to live. We want to protect our residents from these dangers.

Ventilation is not Effective Research conducted during air movement studies have shown that secondhand smoke travels from unit to unit. The smoke can seep through electrical outlets, heating and duct work, and structural gaps. The remodeling required to prevent secondhand smoke from traveling to another residence can be costly and ineffective. The only effective way to stop the spread of secondhand smoke is by adopting a smoke-free policy.

Our Building’s New Smoke-Free Policy Effective October 01, 2015, all tenants signing new leases will be required to sign a smoke-free lease addendum that explains the policy. All current tenants will be required to sign a smoke-free lease addendum during their lease renewal process. We anticipate the transition to becoming a smoke-free building to be completed by September 30, 2016. The smoke-free policy will cover all individual units and all common areas including yards and lawns. All residents and guests will be required to follow this policy.

Please consider this letter as notice about the changes that will be taking place upon renewal of your lease. We hope this policy will help everyone breathe easier and live healthier.

For the next 45 days we will be accepting comments and suggestions from our tenants and staff about the new Millville Housing Authority’s No Smoking policy. Please contact if you have any questions or comments.

Thank you,
Paul Dice
Executive Director