Smoke-Free Living

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Johnson County residents deserve healthier, safer places to live in multi-unit housing.

Secondhand smoke is not safe at any level and it's especially not safe for children. 

Although a smoke-free policy in multi-unit housing is not required by law, many renters are demanding smoke-free living spaces and landlords are responding to the market for smoke-free clean, healthy homes. 

Many renters already know and the Centers for Disease Control has confirmed that secondhand smoke can seep through air ducts, cracks in flooring and walks, stairwells, hallways, elevator shafts, plumbing, electrical lines and open windows.

What is in Secondhand Smoke?

7,000 chemicals including arsenic, cyanide and about 70 chemicals that are known to cause cancer. 

-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012

Did you know?

Up to 60% of airflow in multi-unit housing can come from other units. Protect you, your family, your guests and even your pets from secondhand smoke. 

cartoon of a multi-story units with smoking floating into the rooms

“Secondhand smoke exposure poses serious health threats to children and adults. For residents of multi-unit housing (e.g., apartment buildings and condominiums), secondhand smoke can be a major concern.”


- Ashley Ray, American Lung Association, Kansas City


“Smoke-free living is my top amenity when searching for housing in Johnson County. I want a clean, healthy home where I feel safe in all ways.”


- Heidi Scarsella, Johnson County Renter

“Smoke-free apartment communities not only promotes healthy residents, but also a healthy bottom line.”


- Dave Watkins, Former Chairman of the Board, National Apartment Association

Contact Smoke-Free Living




Johnson County Department of Health & Environment
11875 S. Sunset Dr., Ste. 300
Olathe, KS 66061