Smoke-Free Apartments in Orlando, Florida
You won't find a restaurant in Orlando, Florida that allows it and Orlando-area hotels have offered a choice for years. We're talking about smoking. A state-wide ban on smoking in restaurants has been in effect for awhile and now apartment complexes are looking at the option to going smoke-free as well.
Offering smoke-free living is just one more extra perk apartment complexes are looking to offer their tenants. No more cigarette butts on the walkways, no more holding your breath as you pass people in the breezeway smoking outside their door, and no more smoke wafting up into your apartment from the neighbors downstairs! There are many benefits to going smoke-free whether it's to maintain a clean dwelling or to maintain clean lungs!
Children as well as adults exposed to secondhand smoke can encounter serious health issues. For apartment residents, secondhand smoke can be a major concern. It can migrate from other apartments and common areas and make its way through doorways, walls, porches, electrical lines, plumbing, and ventilation systems. This is why many apartment complexes have decided to go smoke-free.
Besides the benefit of smoke-free premises, you have the advantage of knowing the carpet and walls of your dwelling haven't absorbed harmful toxins from cigarette smoke from the previous renters. And if you've felt weird in the past asking your friends to not smoke in your apartment this gives you the perfect excuse to tell your visiting nicotine-loving friends to put away their smokes while they are in your home.
And if you are a smoker, this may be just the incentive to help you. It's a tough habit to break, but if you want to live in some of the nicer, upscale apartment complexes in Orlando, you may just have to kick your smoking habit. And if you have a family with young children, who are more susceptible to secondhand smoke and allergies, this amenity is definitely an added benefit to help you quit smoking for their health as well as yours.
So instead of heading outside for a puff with friends, grab a nice bottle of vino or cold drink, and relax in your smoke-free apartment or on your porch knowing your nose (and lungs) won't be interrupted by secondhand smoke.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my apartment is Orlando smoke free certified?
There are several ways to learn more. The Florida Apartment Association partners with the Department of Health and Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to certify apartment communities and implement smoke free policies. Your apartment community is likely proud to advertise this certification or simply ask a leasing agent about any certifications or smoking policies. Likewise, you can visit FAA Smoke Free Certified Communities to learn more.
How can I ask my neighbor to stop smoking in our smoke free apartment community in Orlando?
First, if your community is smoke free, and you feel comfortable talking to your neighbor, try a friendly approach and gently remind them of the community policy and even your concerns with exposure to second hand smoke. Engage and connect and see if there is a compromise that can be reached regarding their smoking location that is still within property policy. At the end of the day, you may need to bring the issue to the attention of property management who will propose solutions or help remediate the situation.
What does it actually mean to live in a "smoke-free" community in Orlando?
While policies can differ, there are typically a few different "levels" of smoke-free living in Orlando apartments. Some properties prohibit smoking anywhere on the premises, in common areas or in apartment homes, by residents, staff, or visitors. Likewise, some properties simply prohibit smoking in common areas. Ask your individual apartment community for their specific policies.