Adopting a no-smoking policy is legal, easy to implement and means healthier tenants and a healthier bottom line. It's win-win.
No-smoking policies are non-discriminatory and do not target smokers. The purpose is to protect the property from damage and fire, as well as protect all residents from exposure to second-hand smoke, a proven health hazard.
Consider the following reasons for going smoke-free:
Residents expect smoke-free air: A survey of BC renters found the majority would prefer to live in smoke-free buildings.
The majority of British Columbians don't smoke: 86% of British Columbians are non-smokers and 84% of BC households do not allow smoking inside their homes.
Allowed by law: Adopting a no-smoking policy is legal, easy to do and enforceable.
Reduced costs: Reduce cleaning, repair, painting, carpet replacement and other maintenance costs.
Non-discriminatory: There is no constitutional right to smoke
and smokers are not a protected class under The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
For information on adopting a no-smoking policy, click here.