|Why Go Smoke-Free > Benefits
There is a significant value in offering smoke-free buildings as an amenity that appeals to the majority of non-smokers. British Columbians are health conscious consumers. They are concerned about the health impacts to themselves and their family of being exposed to second-hand smoke (SHS) in their homes. That’s why BC leads the country in smoke-free homes, and four out of five British Columbians do not allow smoking inside their homes. (BC Stats 2003)
In March/April 2008, we conducted an electronic survey among apartment owners, property managers and strata corporations in BC, who reported that no-smoking policies that were the most restrictive – such as banning smoking in all units and outdoor balconies – resulted in the greatest benefits to owners and corporations.
Eighty-five percent of British Columbians don’t smoke, yet there is a severe shortage of smoke-free condo properties in BC. This means there is a significant marketing advantage for strata corporations that are considering going smoke-free. Further, strata owners may benefit from an increase in the re-sale value given the strong demand for smoke-free condo complexes in BC.
We commissioned market surveys on residents living in apartments and condos across the province to identify market demand. The results confirm that there is a major problem with second hand smoke, and that there is strong demand in BC for smoke-free housing. The survey found:
A non-smoking policy is one of the most effective ways to reduce costs and damage to your units and property. If smoking is permitted in your buildings, you are keenly aware of the damage the smoke does to your property, including:
According to industry sources, one of the biggest challenges is removing the smoke odour and residue from the units. However, keeping them smoke-free will result in significant benefits for condo communities, and the results will be more appealing to future owners.
A no-smoking policy will reduce the risk of fires at your condo complex, which in turn could have an impact on insurance rates over the long run.
According to the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner, smoking and smoking related materials (matches and lighters) are a significant cause of residential fires. In 2007:
According to Health Canada:
Strata corporations that adopt a non-smoking bylaw will likely see a reduction in the number of complaints from non-smoking residents about second-hand smoke entering their homes from neighbouring units.