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

Secondhand Smoke causes serious health problems

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Buffalo News

Breathing other people’s smoke continues to cause serious health problems
Harvard Health Letters

Tobacco smoke from other folks’ cigarettes, cigars and pipes can be bad for your heart. In the catalog of cardiac villains, smoking is still a leading cause of heart disease, even though fewer people are smoking these days. That’s a testament to the hazard of this habit. It’s also because its effects don’t stop with the smoker; they extend to anyone who breathes air polluted by smoke from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe.

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Council Member Bonnie Russell and Judge Henry Nowak Honored at Annual Recognition Event

Monday, June 14th, 2010
Assistant Coalition Coordinator Anna Masucci, Council Member Russell, Judge Nowak, Coalition Director Anthony Billoni

Asst Coalition Coordinator Anna Masucci, Council Member Russell, Judge Nowak, Coalition Director Anthony Billoni

At the annual Recognition Event this year, the Coalition honored City of Buffalo Housing Court Judge Henry Nowak and University District Common Council Member Bonnie Russell with the Leonard Pleasant – New Voice Club Tobacco Free Advocate of the Year award.
This award was created by the Western New York Tobacco Free Program in recognition of Mr. Leonard Pleasant who passed away in 2008.  Leonard Pleasant and New Voice Club members have spoken to thousands of youth and adults about the dangers of smoking.  This award symbolizes the hard work, dedication and drive New Voice Club members exhibit in their effort to help people stop or never start smoking.  As a New Voice Club member, Mr. Pleasant’s mission to decrease the prevalence of tobacco use in our society will continue through the work of others like him. 

The  Award recognizes local individuals, for their exceptional and innovative contributions to tobacco control initiatives that lead to positive and effective reductions of illnesses or deaths among adolescents and adults throughout NYS. 

For those reasons, we presented this award to Council Member Bonnie Russell and Judge Henry Nowak for their dedication and hard work toward reducing tobacco use in the multi-unit housing and throughout our community. 

Western New York Tobacco-Free Champions Recognized

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

2010 invite

BUFFALO, NY – The Western New York Tobacco-Free Programs recognized more than 90 businesses, organizations and individuals who championed tobacco-free policies throughout the region. The annual recognition program was held June 8th at the Westwood Park, Lancaster.

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Buffalo Adopts Smoking Disclosure Law for Landlords/Tenants

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

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A news event on Thursday, April 29th at Belmont Housing Resources for WNY kick started an education campaign from the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition, Buffalo Housing Court and the City of Buffalo to clarify responsibilities and provide information regarding smoking/non-smoking policies created under the disclosure law. Guest speakers at the conference included University District Council Member Bonnie Russell; Buffalo Housing Court Judge Henry Nowak; Director of Citizen Services for the City of Buffalo, Oswaldo Mestre, Jr.; and Vice President of Operations at Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Pamela Berger.

Landlords must clearly state their smoking policy under a new law approved by Buffalo Common Council and signed by Mayor Byron Brown. The legislation is the first of its kind to be adopted in New York State and is now a requirement of the landlord registry within the city charter.

Press Release

WIVB News Story

Buffalo News Article

What is secondhand smoke?

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Secondhand smoke is also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or passive smoke.

It is a mixture of 2 forms of smoke that comes from burning tobacco: smoke that comes from the end of a lighted cigarette, pipe, or cigar and mainstream smoke that is exhaled by a smoker.

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Friday, December 18th, 2009

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We can help you:

  • Save Money
  • Receive up to $500 towards marketing your property
  • Increase the value of your property
  • Improve the health of your tenants

Contact us:
Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition (716) 845-1615 or use our contact form.