Smoke-free rental housing campaign

Promoting smoke-free policies in apartment buildings, condominiums, and other forms of housing.

A smoke-free policy protects residents and decreases property maintenance costs

The US Surgeon General reports there are no safe levels of secondhand smoke. 

  • Secondhand smoke contains more than 7000 toxic compounds.
  • Secondhand smoke causes many health problems including lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease in adults, and asthma attacks in children.
  • Secondhand smoke can travel within multiunit housing and common areas through doorways electrical lines, ventilation and plumbing systems.
  • There are more than 4,800 smoke-free apartment buildings in Minnesota, including all Minneapolis Public Housing Authority buildings.
  • Smoking is the number one cause of fire death in Minnesota.

The Minneapolis Health Department launched the Smoke-free Housing campaign after conducting a Smoke-Free Rental Housing Survey , which showed that one-third do not have a policy requiring people to smoke outside. In subsidized rental housing for low-income renters, there are even fewer smoke-free options. Only 38% of these properties have smoke-free policies.

The goals of the campaign are

  • Encourage property owners and renters to pursue smoke-free rental housing.
  • Thank people who smoke for protecting their neighbors from secondhand smoke.

Assistance for Property Owners/Managers

Contact the Healthy Living Team for access to resources and technical assistance by sending an email to 

  • One-on-One assistance for transitioning to a smoke-free property.
  • The step-by-step process, surveys of buildings, etc.
  • Clarification regarding Minnesota laws about smoking indoors.
  • Ideas and resources for encouraging renter compliance with a new/existing policy.
  • Free posters, postcards, door hangers, and lawn signs are available.

Assistance for renters

  • Tips and resources for approaching your property owner/manager.
  • Health Department outreach to property owners/managers.
  • A list of smoke-free rental properties. 

Thinking About Quitting

  • Quit Partner Can Help!

Quit Partner provides free coaching, email and text support, and quit medication (nicotine patches, gum or lozenges) delivered by mail.

Visit or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Additional resources


Contact us

Healthy Living

Health Department




Public Service Building
505 S Fourth Ave, Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Monday – Friday