People are particularly at risk in their homes. Up to 65% of air moves from smoking areas to nonsmoking areas through doorways, cracks in the walls, electrical lines, plumbing, and ventilation systems, causing nonsmokers to be exposed to secondhand smoke. It is estimated that living with a smoker increases a person’s chance of developing lung cancer by 20-30%. Furthermore, ventilation systems and most air filters do not protect people from secondhand smoke. Eliminating indoor smoking is the only way to protect nonsmokers from the harmful effects.
Around 40% of Springfield apartment buildings are smoke-free, according to a recent assessment, but nearly half of all those surveyed don't know if their building is one of them. Knowledge is power. The best way to find out if your building has a smoke-free policy is to ask your landlord or property owner and check your lease. The only way to effectively enforce a no-smoking policy and protect your health is if it's in the least language of all tenants in the building. The choice is yours.