Estimates of smoking-related property costs in California multiunit housing

Am J Public Health. 2012 Mar;102(3):490-3. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300170. Epub 2011 Nov 28.


We systematically evaluated smoking-related costs in multiunit housing. From 2008 to 2009, we surveyed California multiunit housing owners or managers on their past-year smoking-related costs and smoke-free policies. A total of 27.1% of respondents had incurred smoking-related costs (mean $4935), and 33.5% reported complete smoke-free policies, which lowered the likelihood of incurring smoking-related costs. Implementing statewide complete smoke-free policies may save multiunit housing property owners $ 18,094,254 annually.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Housing*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Maintenance / economics*
  • Organizational Policy*
  • Smoking / economics*