People living in apartments are more likely to experience second-hand smoke due to the close proximity the are living to their neighbours. Second-hand smoke can drift between apartments through windows, doors, hallways and stairwells and can cause a variety of adverse health effects.
In NSW, strata committees have the authority to ban smoking by introducing a smoke-free by law.
Introducing a smoke-free by-law is the most effective way to eliminate the health, legal and financial risks associated with smoking in apartment complexes.
To help strata committees advocate for a smoke-free by-law, and to provide guidance on the development and implementation of a smoke-free by-law Cancer Council has developed the Achieving Smoke-free Apartments toolkit.
The toolkit summarises the health, financial and legal benefits of smoke-free apartment complexes, the steps that can be taken to achieve smoke-free living, and examples of what to include in a smoke-free by-law.
This information kit explains the benefits of smoke-free apartment living. It provides resources and ideas on how to introduce smoke-free by-laws in strata schemes. The aim of smoke-free by-laws is to create clean and healthy air in people’s shared living environment.
- Information on the purposes of this toolkit, a glossary of terms and links to further information
- Fact sheet 1: Benefits of smoke-free apartment living; includes health, financial and legal benefits
- Fact sheet 2, 3 and 4: Information on how to take action to stop smoke-penetration in apartments
- Factsheet 5: Smoke-free by-laws that support smoking bans in apartments
- Factsheet 6: Useful advocacy skills for taking action