"That made it a lot easier, because they had all the information, all the work done," Cory recounted, noting her only task was to implement the policy
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The problem, advocates for smoke free buildings say, is that the smoke is not confined to any single apartment unit. Kara Skahen, assistant program director for Live Smoke Free, cites a study from the Center for Energy and the Environment, a nonprofit Minnesota organization, that says neighboring units share 60 percent of the air.
In one of their primary arguments, they point to cost savings associated with turning an apartment over between
Convincing apartment managers to go smoke free can be a tough sell, considering all the other issues they have on their plates, whether it be crime problems or bed bugs, according to Miller.
"I take it seriously. I market it as smoke free. I have people that live here because it's a smoke free building," Cory said, noting their motivations are asthma or allergy issues.
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"They don't want to lose their residents," Cory said, acknowledging the changeover was easier for her building compared to larger facilities.
the traces of a smoker can be such an intensive undertaking that it can cost up to three times more to turn over a unit that had been occupied by a smoker than a non smoker, Skahen tells apartment managers.
Bloomington Public Health, which also serves Richfield and Edina, is trying to convince apartment owners and managers to ban smoking from individual units in their buildings.
The transition went smoothly with the help of Live Smoke Free, she said.
But for apartment managers, the motivation, beyond a concern for tenants' health, is there, smoke free advocates say.
children with breathing problems to do everything they can to avoid exposure to cigarette smoke, Rigoti says.
It can seep in through cracks in baseboards, or in gaps along electrical fixtures and plumbing, Skahen points out. Some families stuff towels into the cracks under their doors to prevent infiltration of smoke from neighbors, said Amy Rigoti, a Bloomington Public Health nurse who visits families in the field for a variety of reasons.
"I think that some apartment managers would like to do it, but they think it's a huge undertaking," said Lynnette Chambers, a leased housing specialist for the city of Richfield.
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Considering logistical and financial constraints, the problem is that in many cases is, "there aren't other options," the nurse said.
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Amy Cory, who manages a 10 unit apartment building at 7420 Cedar Ave. in Richfield, instituted a smoking ban about four years ago. The policy is strictly enforced, she says.
Cory told renters they would be held to the smoking ban once they signed a new lease. No one moved out due to the ban, she said.
"The walls were bright yellow. I had to have the painters out twice to repaint it," she said.
things they have to give attention to, and sometimes smoke free housing ends up at the bottom of the list," she said.
The vast majority of apartment buildings still allow smoking in individual units. In Richfield, Bloomington and Edina, Live Smoke Free knows of 35 properties that ban smoking in their buildings.
Village Shores, a 166 unit building for people over age 55, undertook the task in 2007. To ease the transition, Village Shores grandfathered current residents in under the old policy. This, however, only applied to two units, both of which now have new tenants, Village Shores manager Anne Janda said.
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Many residents do so, but not all. One apartment occupied by a heavy smoker required a particularly extensive overhaul.
Live Smoke Free provides tools such as sample notification letters, lease addendum language, and signage announcing the new policy.
At Cory's building, there was one tenant who ignored the smoke free policy, living there nine months before the manager "made it rather difficult for her to stay," Cory said.
That fear, she believes, is why more apartment managers don't follow her example.
The sheer scale of a changeover from smoking to non smoking can act as a deterrent, too.
The department is in year three of a grant that teamed the cities with the statewide nonprofit organization, Live Smoke Free, which addresses smoking policies in multi unit dwellings. But convincing apartment owners to ban the habit hasn't been easy.
Lyndale Plaza, which opened about a year ago, allows smoking, but encourages residents to take the habit outside.
"It's been a tough road," said Deb Miller, health promotions specialist for Bloomington Public Health.
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