Current Initiative: Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Dwellings

Smoke-free apartments are cost effective for landlords and help tenants enjoy healthier living. Every year, more and more landlords in Erie and Niagara counties are deciding to offer smoke-free apartments and living spaces.The Coalition has helped create over 1,400 apartments in Erie & Niagara County 100% smoke-free! In this section, you will find guides to help you establish a smoke-free apartment building. Stay up-to-date with the latest news here.      

Archive for the ‘Multi-Unit Dwellings’ Category

Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition Supports Smoke-Free Housing

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013


Smoke-Free Housing Works for Landlords and Tenants!

Landlords throughout Erie and Niagara counties are adopting no-smoking policies and realizing the benefits. No smoking policies attract tenants and minimize maintenance costs.

Tenants understand that living in a smoke-free home is one of the best things they can do for their family’s health and to protect their property.

Check out the ArtVoice classifieds or click here for a smoke-free housing tool kit.







Relief from Smokey Apartments for Tenants & Landlords

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013


Tenants and Landlords are looking for a break from smokers who practice their deadly habit in their apartments.  Their smoke drifts into other apartments.  The residue from their smoke lives on walls, in carpets and even appliances.  Their cigarettes leave burn marks on counters, carpets and furniture.  And fire fighters everywhere say cigarettes are a leading cause of fire.



We are helping landlords and tenants find relief from this health and safety hazard.  Click to learn more: Smoke Free Housing Tool Kit




HUD offers smoke-free tool kit to landlords

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Landlords looking to make their properties smoke-free can get help from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Smoke-free tool kits provide residents and landlords with educational materials, organizing tools, public health notices and resources on how to create healthier housing by reducing secondhand smoke exposure. Download the tool kit.

Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition invites Landlords to Smoke-Free Housing Meeting

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Landlords, property managers and health advocates are invited to a free breakfast meeting to discuss smoke-free multi-unit housing. The event, hosted by the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition, will be held at 8:15 am on Thursday, June 21 at the Zebro Conference Room, 690 Virginia Street on the campus of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, 14203.

Guest Speaker, Sarah Mayberry, Director of Breathe Easy of Maine has had tremendous success working with the Maine Housing Authority and many others in going smoke-free.

To learn more, watch the Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine’s informational video. 



NYC Proposes Smoke-Free Housing Notification

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg proposed legislation that would require property owners to disclose whether smoking is permitted in their building’s apartment units. Learn more.

Invitation to Area Landlords

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Western New York landlords are invited to a housing summit to discuss the benefits of smoke-free multi-unit housing at 8:15 am on Thursday, June 21 at the Zebro Conference Room at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 690 Virginia.

Learn what regional and national housing experts have to say.

For information about reserving your seat, click here.

ALA gives New York State “F” on Tobacco Spending

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The Lung Association’s report card on tobacco control, its 10th annual, monitors progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state levels and assigns grades to assess whether laws are protecting citizens from the terrible health burden caused by tobacco use.

“While some important steps were taken to expand tobacco cessation counseling offered to Medicaid recipients and some state and local laws were passed to protect more New Yorkers from secondhand smoke, the state took a major step backward by cutting funding for its Tobacco Control Program. An adequately funded program is vital to our overall effort to curb tobacco use and save lives,” said Jeff Seyler, CEO of the American Lung Association in New York. “It’s disappointing that just days before the release of this report giving New York a failing grade for inadequately funding its tobacco control program, the Governor proposes further cutting the program by $5 million.”


Understanding the Effects of Secondhand Smoke

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Andrew Hyland, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute explains.

Owners and Tenants Welcome Smoke-Free Apartments

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Erie and Niagara County owners of multi-unit apartments and their tenants adopt smoke free apartments in 2011. The growing popularity of tobacco free living environments has been spearheaded by the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition located at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The initiative from the Coalition, which is part of the New York State Tobacco Control Program, is designed to encourage voluntary adoption of smoke-free policies in multi-unit dwellings.

 Click here for free guides to help you establish a smoke-free apartment building.  

Clear the Air

Friday, July 15th, 2011

BUFFALO, NY – Western New York landlords are encouraged to create smoke-free housing through a six-week advertising campaign called “Clear the Air” sponsored by the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition.

Print ads will run in Art Voice, a weekly newspaper distributed free throughout Western New York and is dedicated to news, arts and entertainment. The newspaper features a large classified advertising section with rental apartment listings. Radio ads will be broadcast on WBEN-AM, a news station serving Niagara county, Buffalo and Western New York. Landlords will be directed to the Coalition’s website where they will find a tool kit of information that provides guidelines for the adoption of smoke-free policies.


Smoke-Free Landlord Summit

Monday, April 18th, 2011


Join us Wednesday April 20 at 8:30am for a fast-paced morning of  new information focusing on the value of Smoke-Free Apartments.  Click to RSVP or call 716-845-1615  get more info.

Presenters will include:

Honorable Patrick Carney, City of Buffalo Housing Court Judge

Pamela Berger, Vice President, Belmont Housing Resources for WNY

Jim Bergman, JD, Smoke-Free Environments Law Project, Ann Arbor, MI

Light breakfast will be served.  Free parking in the Roswell Park Ramp. 

WHERE:         Zebro Conference Room

Center for Genetics and Pharmacology

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Virginia and Ellicott Streets

Buffalo, NY

Healthy Resolutions

Monday, January 3rd, 2011




 BUFFALO, NY — Thousands of New Yorkers will make a resolution to stop smoking in the New Year. The good news is that free help is just a call or click away through the New York State Smokers’ Quitline, accessible at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or

The Quitline, based at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), provides free, confidential assistance to New York residents who want to stop smoking or using tobacco. The Quitline provides free nicotine patch or gum starter kits, quit coaching, self-help materials, an online smokefree community, motivational messages and daily tips.

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Roswell Connection to New Surgeon General’s Report

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Picture1Roswell Park, Health Behavior Chair and ENTFC Principle Investigator K. Michael Cummings, PhD. was one of the reviewers of the U.S. Surgeon General’s new report.

Surgeon general: 1 cigarette is 1 too many

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard, Ap Medical Writer  Thu Dec 9, 12:23 am ET

WASHINGTON – Think the occasional cigarette won’t hurt? Even a bit of social smoking — or inhaling someone else’s secondhand smoke — could be enough to block your arteries and trigger a heart attack, says the newest surgeon general’s report on the killer the nation just can’t kick.

Lung cancer is what people usually fear from smoking, and yes, that can take years to strike. But Thursday’s report says there’s no doubt that tobacco smoke begins poisoning immediately — as more than 7,000 chemicals in each puff rapidly spread through the body to cause cellular damage in nearly every organ.

“That one puff on that cigarette could be the one that causes your heart attack,” said Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.

Or the one that triggers someone else’s: “I advise people to try to avoid being around smoking any way that you can,” she said.

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Think one puff won’t hurt? Think again.

Friday, December 10th, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new report by the U.S. Surgeon General says taking even one puff of a cigarette can take years off your life.

WIVB Story

CNN: Study – Secondhand Smoke a Risk of Apartment Living

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

CNN Website:

Apartment buildings should be smoke-free zones just like workplaces, restaurants and bars. That’s what a new study suggests, which researchers say, for the first time, documents how secondhand smoke can transfer from one apartment to another.


Health Day:Smoke-Free Apartment Buildings?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Coming Soon: Smoke-Free Apartment Buildings?

Neighbors’ secondhand smoke threatens nonsmoking residents, researchers say

Posted: October 21, 2010 healthday



THURSDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) — If you’re a nonsmoker who lives in an apartment, your health may be at risk from your neighbors who smoke, says a new study.

Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., analyzed air quality data from 30 apartments within 11 buildings and found that secondhand smoke can travel from the apartments of smokers to hallways and apartments of nonsmokers.

The extent of the secondhand smoke transfer depends on a number of factors, including ventilation and distance between apartments, the investigators found.

The researchers said the best way to protect apartment residents from secondhand smoke is to have smoke-free buildings.

“This study suggests that individuals who live in apartment buildings are particularly susceptible to secondhand smoke exposure in their homes,” lead investigator Brian King, of RPCI’s department of health behavior, said in a news release from the institute. “Since many factors can impact the amount of secondhand smoke transfer between apartments, smoke-free building policies are the most effective way to protect apartment residents and their visitors from exposure.”

Smoking: A ‘Winnable’ Public Health Battle?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

smoking-skull-101018-02[1]Tobacco control experts comment on the current state and end of smoking.

Secondhand Smoke Poses Hazards to Apartment Residents

Monday, October 18th, 2010

BUFFALO, NY — The most effective way to ensure that apartment residents are not exposed to secondhand smoke is to adopt smoke-free building policies, according to a study conducted by scientists at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and published online ahead of print in the journal, Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

“Few studies have quantitatively assessed secondhand smoke exposure in apartments,” said senior investigator Andrew Hyland, PhD, Department of Health Behavior at RPCI. “This study documents that secondhand smoke can transfer from apartments where smoking is permitted to hallways and other apartments where smoking is not permitted.”


Belmont Housing Resources of WNY continues to be champion of smoke-free housing

Friday, July 30th, 2010





New Smoke-Free Policy and Environmental Development Practices Reflect the Expansion of Belmont’s Efforts to “Go Green”

At a time when Western New Yorkers are becoming increasingly aware of how many different ways the environment impacts their lives and their communities, Belmont is stepping up its continuing efforts to “go green.”

According to Vice-President for Property Operations Pamela Berger, Belmont is actively implementing a growing range of environment- and health-enhancing initiatives designed to improve WNY’s quality of life. Partnering with Buffalo-based energy firm Solar Liberty, Berger says that Belmont is preparing to equip four of its facilities with 25-kilowatt solar energy conversion systems.

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NYS Quitline to run hard-hitting ads meant convince smokers to quit

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

See the 2 ads and a follow up report from local CBS affiliate WIVB-TV. To quit smoking or to help a smoker visit the New York State Quitline.