In Ontario, you are protected from second-hand smoke in virtually all enclosed workplaces and public places, including public outdoor spaces. However, many of us, including children, who live in apartments, condos and townhomes remain unwillingly exposed to second-hand smoke in our own homes due drifting smoke from neighbouring units.
Second-hand smoke harms children and adults, and smoke-free housing policies are the only way to fully protect non-smokers. Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that can cause cancer. Exposure to second-hand smoke can cause lung cancer, coronary heart disease, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma and other diseases, and has been linked to anxiety disorders, high stress and poor mental health.
At Public Health, we provide support to landlords and tenants who wish to develop smoke-free housing policies.
For more information, please contact:
Courtney Bell, Health Promotion Specialist
1-800-265-7293 ext. 4265