Decals are increasingly being placed on high-rise multi-unit residential buildings recognized by The American Cancer Society’s Healthy High-Rises program for being 100% smoke-free in New Jersey and New York. Buildings that meet the criteria are given the decal and a framed certificate, which will help notify potential residents whether or not the building is entirely smoke-free.
“Secondhand smoke permeates walls and crevices in multi-unit residential housing and poses a significant health threat,” said Dr. Fred Jacobs, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey. “While health is a major concern, so is money. Smoke-free buildings are cost-effective because they require less maintenance and result in happier tenants. Healthy high-rise apartment buildings are attractive to non-smokers which are the overwhelming majority of people in the New Jersey and New York area.”