By: NYC Smoke-Free, Public Health Solutions
On August 28, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Local Law 147—a new bill that requires building owners to create a smoking policy and disclose it to current and prospective residents. Smoking disclosure is designed to help New York City residents make better choices on where they live, and ultimately reduce the number of smokers across the city.
Here are 5 things to know about this new bill:
- All residential buildings must create a smoking policy. This covers residential buildings with three or more units, including rentals, condominiums, and cooperatives.
- Smoking policies must be in place by August 28, 2018. The new bill was enacted on August 28, 2017 and requires building owners and managers to be in compliance within 365 days.
- All current and prospective residents must be informed of the policy. The policy must be distributed to tenants and apartment owners annually, and incorporated into leases and purchase agreements. It must also be posted in public areas within the building.
- Failure to comply with this law may result in fines. Any owner who fails to disclose the building’s smoking policy as required may face a $100 civil penalty.
- Smoking disclosure benefits both tenants and landlords. Knowing a building’s smoking policy enables residents to make more informed choices about where they live (especially important for families with young children and older adults). In turn, this benefits landlords by reducing complaints and disputes regarding secondhand smoke.
Tobacco use remains the #1 cause of preventable death in the US, with 12,000 city residents dying each year from a smoking-related illness. NYC Smoke-Free, a program of Public Health Solutions, works to protect the health of New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy and education.