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British Columbians are health conscious consumers. They are concerned about the health impacts to themselves and their family of being exposed to second-hand smoke in their homes. Further, the smoking rate among condo owners is extremely low (8%) compared to the provincial smoking rate of 14%.
There are many benefits for a strata corporation to adopt a non-smoking bylaw. Resale value for instance. A survey of real estate agents in Ontario found that having the smell of smoke in the unit can lower the resale price by close to 30%.
A non-smoking bylaw will:
Create a marketing advantage compared to other buildings that permit smoking
Reduce staff time spent dealing with second-hand smoke complaints
Help protect your investment and save on maintenance costs
Reduces the risk of fires*
Offer a healthier indoor environment
Offer potential savings with insurance premiums
Help meet the LEED EQp2 (environmental tobacco smoke control) requirements that are part of the LEED certification process
* Tobacco materials (cigarettes, cigars and pipes) remain the #1 ignition source of fatal residential fires.