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No Smoking Policy

NHA Totally Smoke-Free Policy

  1. Purpose of Smoke Free Policy - The parties desire to mitigate (i) secondhand smoke; (ii) the increased maintenance, cleaning costs associated with smoking inside units; and (iii) the increased risk of fire from smoking inside units and outdoor areas as well.

  2. Definitions - The term "smoking" refers to the use or possession of a lighted cigarette, lighted cigar, lighted pipe, or other tobacco product, or similar lighted product to include hookah or water pipes in any manner or form. 

  3. Smoke Free Policy - The Rule was created to help reduce the risk of fires, exposure to secondhand smoke, and smoke-related maintenance costs, benefiting all PHA staff and residents. At this time, the rule does not include prohibiting electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) or vaping.
    • Smoking is prohibited inside and outside all units, common areas, and PHA administrative offices.
    • No smoking is permitted in or around any building, including entryways, porches, balconies, and patios.
    • No smoking is permitted within the PHA's property boundary.
    • No smoking is permitted in outdoor common areas, including but not limited to playgrounds and picnic areas.
    • NHA has chosen to go TOTALLY SMOKE-FREE.
    • All smoking-related trash (butts, wrappers, etc.) must be disposed of in proper waste receptacles.
    • "No smoking" applies to all residents, their guests, visitors, family, service personnel, vendors, medical aids, and staff.
    • Residents are responsible for informing their guests of the Smoke-Free Policy.
    • Residents should promptly give the landlord a written statement of any incident where tobacco smoke is entering the resident's unit from sources outside of the resident's unit.
    • Landlord will post "No Smoking" signs in visible places.

  4. Disclaimer by Landlord - The resident acknowledges the landlord's adoption of a Smoke-Free Policy, and the efforts to designate the complex as no-smoking do not in any way change the standard of care that the Landlord has under applicable law to render the complex any safer, more habitable, or improved in terms of air quality standards than any other rental premises.

    The landlord specifically disclaims any implied or express warranties that the property will have any higher or improved air quality standards than any other rental property. The landlord cannot and does not warrant or promise that the property will be free from secondhand smoke.

    The tenant acknowledges that the landlord's ability to police, monitor, or enforce the agreements of this policy is dependent in significant part on compliance by residents and their guests.