Decrease secondhand smoke exposure in the home
There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS). Non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke in the home have higher risks of asthma attacks, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic respiratory disease. Children and the elderly are particularly affected by SHS exposure in the home because they are more vulnerable to its health effects, and because they typically spend more time at home. Secondhand smoke complaints are common, with 40 percent of adult New Yorkers reporting smelling cigarette smoke in their home that comes from another home or apartment or from the outside. We are already making strides to dramatically reduce SHS. An overwhelming majority of non-smokers (81 percent) and most smokers (53 percent) in New York City do not allow smoking in their homes. And 69 percent of New York City adults support smoke-free housing. To address secondhand smoke, a primary driver of unhealthy indoor air quality, the City will work to pass legislation requiring multi-unit housing to have a smoking policy and to disclose it to residents and prospective residents. To complement this, we will explore opportunities for the adoption of other smoke-free housing policies in New York City.