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No Smoking Policies Encouraged for Multi-Unit Housing

This page was reviewed or revised on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 1:05 PM

Sarnia, ON – Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14 and Lambton Public Health, in partnership with Sarnia Fire Rescue Service, encourages all multi-unit housing providers in Lambton County to adopt no-smoking policies.

According to the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal, cigarettes, cigars and pipes are the leading ignition source of fatal residential fires.

"All Ontarians should consider the risks associated with smoking within their residences," said Mike Otis, Education Officer with the Sarnia Fire Rescue Service. "Eliminating smoking is one of the easiest ways to prevent smoking-related fires in the home."

Making your home a no-smoking zone doesn't just prevent fires; it also protects the people who live there. Exposure to second-hand smoke in multi-unit housing affects the health of all residents, especially infants, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Paul Buttery, Health Promoter at Lambton Public Health, says “No-smoking policies help protect everyone from unnecessary health and safety risks. It creates healthier indoor air and helps prevent residents, their families and pets from being put in unnecessary danger."

Second-hand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and smoke-free housing can help reduce exposure to these .

Tenants can ask for buildings to adopt no-smoking policies. Landlords can implement a no-smoking policy to help reduce the risk of fire, and help improve their bottom-line. Properties with no-smoking policies are cheaper on average to renovate or turnover than those that allow smoking.

Lambton Public Health has sample policies and information available for landlords and tenants. Access resources and information at,, or call 519-344-2062 ext. 2142.


Please contact:

Paul Buttery
Health Promoter
County of Lambton
519-344-2062 ext. 2142

i Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts, CDC: