Choose Smoke-Free Housing
A smoke-free policy can:
Save you money
Save you money.
Reduce risk of fires
Increase appeal to renters
Protect your employees', tenants and guests health.

Property Owner/Manager

Smoke-free housing is a growing trend in multi-family housing. According to the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), approximately 86% of residents in Sarpy and Cass County do not allow smoking inside their home. 

Areas of multi-family housing units should already be smoke-free:

  • Entry or exit areas          

  • Gyms   

  • Laundry rooms 

  • Elevators            

  • Restrooms                                                         

  • Common traffic areas

  • Lobby areas       

  • Indoor swimming pools                                

  • Recreational rooms

Property Owner Rights

  • It is legal for apartment managers/owners to designate common areas, certain apartments or all of the apartments in a building as smoke-free.

  • People who smoke are not protected under state and national anti-discrimination laws.

  • Property owners have the legal right to restrict or prohibit smoking in their building(s), just as they are free to prohibit pets.

  • Tenants who suffer from asthma or other respiratory diseases can take legal action against a property owner who does not take adequate measures to protect those residents from secondhand smoke.

Making a Smoke-Free Change

  1. Survey your tenants.

  2. Set a time frame for the change.

  3. Educate tenants of change and cessation services.

  4. Introduce new leases or addendum's.

  5. Post signs.

T.E.A.M. is gathering information from multi-family housing property owners/managers in Sarpy & Cass Counties. If you are a property owner/manager please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. If you have questions about the survey, please call (402) 593-3022.

Interested in making your property tobacco-free? Contact 
T.E.A.M for your free tool kit or view our tool kit online below.


As a resident in a rental property, you have the right to live free of the leading cause of preventable death in the United States: secondhand smoke.

Secondhand Smoke in Your Home

The 2006 U.S Surgeon General’s report found:

  • There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke

  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke.

  • Ventilation and other air cleaning technologies cannot completely control exposure of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke

Click here for more information on resident rights and how to support smoke-free housing