AAGLA has partnered with UCLA Center for Health Policy Research to help landlords and renters work together in implementing voluntary smokefree apartment policies.
Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard causing more than 41,000 deaths per year. It can cause or make worse a wide range of damaging health effects in children and adults, including lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory infections and asthma. It can drift through air vents, windows and doors, affecting everyone within an apartment building
There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke contains hundreds of chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic ammonia and cyanide.
Secondhand smoke can cause heart attacks; even brief exposure can trigger a heart attack.
Smokefree Apartments Los Angeles is a citywide partnership funded by the CDC. You can learn more about this initiative by visiting: smokefreeaptsla.org
Smokefree Housing Guidelines
As a result of a collaborative effort between AAGLA, UCLA, and the LAHCID, new guidelines have been released for implementation of smokefree policies in multi-unit housing. These guidelines, issued as an LAHCID Rent Stabilization bulletin, are designed to clarify how smokefree policies in outdoor and indoor common areas as well as individual units are governed by state law and the current Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). Guidance is offered on what landlords can and cannot do, as well as for those who are interested in transitioning an RSO building to being smokefree. Referrals are also provided for landlords to get additional information and technical assistance as needed as well as quit smoking resources. You can view these guidelines by visiting: http://hcidla.lacity.org/smoke-free-housing-rso
Additionally, Smokefree Apartments LA will be presenting workshops about these guidelines at various HCIDLA offices. These workshops are free and open to the public. Upcoming dates include Sept 20, 21, 27 & 28 (Spanish language only). Additional information about time and location can be found on page 2 of the bulletin above the referrals section. You can RSVP and also find this information here: http://hcidapp.lacity.org/rsoworkshops