77 percent of BC REALTORS® agreed that it is more difficult to sell a home where owners have
More than half of REALTORS® (58%) said that most buyers are less likely to buy a home
where people have smoked.
12 percent went even further and said most buyers are actually unwilling to
buy a smokers' home.
Read Valerie's Story: A BC townhome buyer gives up on purchasing new home to avoid living next door to a smoker. Learn more
WHY Smoke-Free Housing Month?
While British Columbians are protected from second-hand smoke in virtually all indoor workplaces and public places, including many outdoor venues, thousands living in apartments and condos remain unwillingly exposed in their own homes as a result of smoke infiltration from neighbouring units. This campaign hopes to raise awareness about the strong public demand for 100% smoke-free homes.
Here are more reasons:
50% of residents living in apartments/condos report exposure to second-hand smoke*
Fewer than 1 in 5 British Columbians smoke
A majority of multi-housing residents want smoke-free buildings*
No-smoking rules are legal and enforceable
No level of exposure to second-hand smoke is safe
Going smoke-free is healthier and economical:
Cleaning and repair costs are lower
Risk of fire is diminished
Less litigation and human rights complaints
Less time spent by property managers and stratas addressing complaints of second-hand smoke