Survey of Minnesota Renters Regarding Secondhand Smoke Movement in Apartment Buildings and Interest

This study was completed as part of a research project focused on environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in apartment buildings. Minnesota renters, who comprise 25.4% of Minnesota households,1 have no guarantee of a smoke-free place to live. As a result, they are sometimes exposed to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) entering their apartments from other apartments, from common areas of the building such as hallways or party rooms, or from balconies, patios or grounds outside the building, a phenomenon that we refer to here as “ETS transfer” or “secondhand smoke transfer.” The goal of the project as a whole is to build a sound base of knowledge that will facilitate two types of actions to reduce renters’ exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) in their homes: designation of smoke-free apartment buildings, and treatment of smoking-permitted buildings to minimize ETS transfer.

This report summarizes the results of the second of six project tasks: a survey of Minnesota renters. This task has three objectives:

  1. to quantify the perceived extent and severity of problems with ETS transfer among Minnesotans who live in rental housing, both overall and within population groups of key concern to MPAAT,
  2. to provide owners with solid information regarding the marketability of smoke-free rental housing and the importance of ETS-free units to renters, both overall and by market segment, and
  3. to examine how problems with ETS transfer vary by building type and by location within buildings, thereby helping to guide the building testing to be conducted later in the project. 
Full Report (PDF)
Survey of Minnesota Renters Regarding Secondhand Smoke Movement in Apartment Buildings and Interest in Smoke-Free Buildings