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Smoke-Free Housing

About Smoke-Free Housing

Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths, and the evidence is clear that secondhand smoke is harmful for health. In multi-unit housing, secondhand smoke travels from smokers’ units to other residents’ units and common areas.

The only way to fully protect residents from secondhand smoke is to eliminate smoking in indoor spaces. Fortunately, many apartments are going smoke-free to keep up with industry trends, to provide health benefits to residents and employees, and to save money. View an info-graphic (PDF) for more information about smoke-free housing.

You can also visit North Carolina’s Smoke-Free Housing website to find tools, templates and resources for:

  • Condo owners seeking to protect yourself from secondhand smoke
  • Landlords thinking about implementing a smoke-free policy
  • Renters looking for a smoke-free apartment

Find a Smoke-Free Home

Find a smoke-free home online.

Share Information About Support for Quitting Smoking

Consider sharing information about support for quitting smoking when adopting a smoke-free policy.

Orange County provides residents with up to 8 weeks of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy through our Freshstart program and the Quitline at 1-800-784-8669. For more information, please visit the smoking cessation page.

County staff are available to assist local managers and owners in going smoke-free. For more information, please email Coby Jansen Austin or call 919-245-2424.