Californians Support Smokefree Housing Justin Garrett The Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing
Polls Conducted by The Center • Los Angeles Voters (2003) • California Renters (2004) • Apartment Owners and Managers (2005) • Latino Renters (2006)
Secondhand Smoke is a Problem People know that secondhand smoke is harmful to those that inhale it. • 86% of LA Voters • 90% of California Renters • 86% of Owners/Managers • 98% of Latino Renters
Secondhand Smoke is a Problem Individuals have experienced secondhand smoke drift into their apartment. • 41% of LA Voters • 46% of California Renters • 63% of Latino Renters
Support for Smoking Restrictions There is strong support for prohibiting smoking in outdoor common areas. • 67% of California Renters • 67% of Owners/Managers • 85% of Latino Renters
Support for Smoking Restrictions There is also strong support for creating non-smoking sections within multi-unit housing. • 69% of California Renters • 57% of Owners/Managers • 82% of Latino Renters
Support for Smoking Restrictions Tenants would prefer to live in an apartment complex that restricts smoking. 82% of California Renters and 95% of Latino Renters would choose to live in an apartment complex where no smoking is allowed anywhere or where there are separate smoking and non-smoking sections.
Support Among Low-Income Renters Support for smokefree housing policies increases for those whose income is less than $20,000 per year. 75% of individuals that make less than $20,000 per year support non-smoking sections in multi-unit housing as opposed to 69% of all California renters.
Affordable Housing Providers Taking Action • Madera (August 2002) • Thousand Oaks (September 2004) • Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (June 2005) • Santa Barbara Housing Authority (November 2005) • Rancho Mirage (December 2006)
Cities Taking Action Several cities in California have passed or are close to passing an ordinance that prohibits smoking in multi-unit housing units. • Temecula (June 2007) • Belmont (October 2007) • Calabasas (November 2007)
Statewide Resources The Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing – www.center4tobaccopolicy.org Technical Assistance Legal Center – http://talc.phi.org California’s Clean Air Project – http://ccap.etr.org Smokefree Apartment House Registry – www.smokefreeapartments.org