Smoke-free housing and spaces


The US Surgeon General reports there are no safe levels of second hand smoke and the only means of effectively eliminating health risks associated with indoor exposure is a smoke-free policy. The Minneapolis Health Department and its partners are offering free resources to support smoke-free environments.

Recent survey shows two-thirds of Minneapolis multi-unit rental properties are smoke-free. Consider the many benefits of smoke-free housing such as healthier, safer environments and cost-savings from turnover costs and potential insurance savings.


Landlords! Have you considered all of the financial and safety benefits of going smoke-free? The Health Department and its partner Live Smoke Free are offering free resources to landlords to take their Minneapolis multi-unit housing smoke-free. Contact Live Smoke Free,, for free assistance now.

Renters! Looking for smoke-free housing? Check out community partner Live Smoke Free’s online apartment finder. Want help going smoke-free? Contact Live Smoke Free for free resources you can share with your management company.


Are people smoking or using e-cigarettes indoors where you work or other public indoor places you visit? Call 311 to report violations of the Clean Indoor Air law.
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1in3 nonsmokers


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The Minneapolis Health Department pursues safe, clean air for Minneapolis residents by:


For more information, contact:
D'Ana Pennington
P: 612-673-3928


Why Smoke Free Housing

Secondhand smoke (SHS) is a mixture of side stream smoke from the tip of the cigarette and mainstream smoke exhaled by the smoker. SHS contains more than 4,000 chemicals, 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer. SHS can cause heart disease, lung cancer in nonsmoking adults, sudden infant death syndrome, bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections in children.

What is smoke-free policy?

Smoke-free policy is when smoking is designated as an outdoor activity and isn’t allowed indoors. Smoke-free policies have been shown to reduce SHS exposure among nonsmokers, to reduce heart attack hospitalizations, and to help smokers quit. Smoke-free policies also educate the public about the health effects of SHS and change social norms.

What other benefits for smoke-free policy?

Benefits of going smoke-free include reduced lower turnover costs, improved tenant health, support health behaviors, popular amenity with existing and prospective tenants, new amenities in selling points, reduce fire risk and lower insurance costs. 

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Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301. 

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Last updated Mar 2, 2017



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