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Smoke-free multi-unit housing, a growing trend throughout the country, has made its way to Volusia County.
"A home should be a safe place for everyone, especially for children, people with existing health conditions, and the elderly who are more vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke," said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County. "By making sure residential buildings are 100 percent smoke-free, property managers are protecting tenants from the dangers of toxic smoke and from the risk of deadly smoking-related fires."
For property managers and landlords, smoke-free policies can have economic benefits. More than 80 percent of Floridians are non-smokers. Many people who do smoke do not permit smoking in their homes. Given these numbers, many properties have very successfully marketed their smoke-free policy as an amenity, not a restriction. Smoke-free policies can save money by eliminating the need to repair or replace carpeting, floors, fixtures, countertops or appliances damaged by burns or nicotine stains.
Several residential properties in Volusia have implemented a 100 percent smoke-free policy. The growing list of properties in the area includes:
Ashton Place Apartments,300 Miller Rd. in DeLand
Whispering Oaks Apartments, 240 Whispering Oaks Court in Orange City
Windsor Apartments, 524 S. Beach St. in Daytona Beach
Lyn Gardens Apartments, 506 E. Wisconsin Ave. in DeLand
Lyn Village Apartments, 201 S. Amelia Ave. in DeLand
Amelia Place Apartments, 301 Arrow Wood Trail In DeLand
Maley Apartments, 600 S. Beach St. in Daytona Beach
Victoria Garden Apartments, 5609 Victoria Gardens Blvd in Port Orange
Osprey Landing Apartments, 1756 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Port Orange
AHEPA 410 Apartments, 575 N. Williamson Blvd. in Daytona Beach
Casa San Pablo Apartments, 401 N. Ridgewood Ave in Daytona Beach
Central Manor Apartments, 136 Fairview Ave. in Daytona Beach
Across the state, there are more than 500 smoke-free multi-unit housing properties and 73,000 smoke-free units.
"There's a fear of alienating resident smokers, but most communities that have taken the leap consider smoke-free housing an edge over the competition and have determined that there is a market for this product," according to Chip Tatum, the former government affairs director for the Florida Apartment Association.
For information, visit tobaccofreeflorida.com/smokefreehousing.