A recent Portland/Vancouver renter survey conducted by the Smokefree Housing Project projects that the number of rental units covered by a no-smoking policy increased by 13,000 rental units from 2006 to 2009. A total of 22% of tenants surveyed reported that smoking inside their units was prohibited. Among other things the study found:
- 76% of renters say they rarely or never experience secondhand smoke in their homes, up from 70% in 2006
- 75% of all metro-area renters prefer a smokefree environment
- 50% reported they would choose a rental community with a no-smoking rule even if they had to pay more or compromise on things like location
- The 2009 study reconfirmed findings from 2006 - renters with incomes of less than $35,000 were just as likely as those with higher incomes to reject the idea of living next door to tenants who do smoke
Information on smokefree housing is available from http://www.smokefreehousingnw.com/, a partnership between the American Lung Association in Oregon and the health departments of Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Clark Counties.