American Cancer Society Healthy High-Rises Program Recognizes Smoke-Free Housing and Highlights Growing Trend
New York, NY – December 4, 2012
Potential residents of New York City and New Jersey high-rises will be able to tell at a glance if the building they’re considering living in is 100% smoke-free. The American Cancer Society’s Healthy High-Rises program recognizes multi-unit residential buildings that have a smoke-free policy prohibiting smoking anywhere inside the building. Buildings that meet the criteria are given a highly visible Healthy High-Rises decal for display in the front window indicating that the residence is smoke-free. Smoke-free housing has become an increasing trend in the real estate industry reflecting the demand of non-smoking consumers.
“Secondhand smoke permeates walls and crevices in multi-unit residential housing and poses a significant health threat,” said Dr. Fred Jacobs, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society of NY & NJ. “While health is a major concern, so is money. Smoke-free buildings are cost-effective because they require less maintenance and result in happier tenants.”
Smoke-free multi-unit residential housing is an increasing trend. Research shows that 75 percent of non-smokers prefer no-smoking policies where they live and 50 percent said they would pay more to live in a smoke-free residence. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, of which at least 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer. Secondhand smoke can worsen conditions like heart disease and respiratory problems and exposure is especially dangerous for children.
Many property owners don’t realize that it is legal to have and enforce a smoke-free policy. In fact, going smoke free is a savvy business strategy. Economic benefits include reduced costs to refurbish units after smokers vacate. Traditional cleanup of a smoking unit includes carpet cleaning, repainting, removing the stale odor of smoke, and repairing surfaces with burn marks.
Fourteen buildings are slated to be the first recipients of the Healthy High-Rises designation. These first Healthy High-Rises awardees include more than 2,700 housing units and nearly 5,000 total residents who enjoy a smoke-free environment:
For more information about Healthy High-Rises, the American Cancer Society can be reached by phone at 800-227-2345 or via the Internet at www.smokefreehousingny.org.
Link to the full press release: http://www.cancer.org/myacs/eastern/areahighlights/cancernynj-news-new-healthy-high-rises-nyc
Link to the Healthy High-Rises Application on www.cancer.org: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@eastern/documents/document/acspc-036488.pdf
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.