The Benefits of Living in a Smoke-Free Apartment Community

Posted by Darcy Valline on Sep 27, 2017 11:19:35 AM
Darcy Valline

All of our apartment communities — from the multiple building communities in downtown Des Moines, to the lofts along MLK Jr. Parkway, to our vibrant apartment communities in Sioux Falls — continually take pride in promoting healthy living in all of our communities. One way we do this is through making all of our apartment communities non-smoking throughout.

There are a lot of benefits to living in a smoke-free apartment community.

Maintains a Healthy Outdoor Environment for People and Pets

When we made the choice to transition all of our apartment communities to non-smoking years ago, we did so because maintaining a clean community is vitally important for us and all of our residents. Not only that, without cigarette butts strewn about the community grounds, children and pets can run free without finding these nuisances.

According to the Tobacco Free Partnership, "The most common secondhand smoke threat to children's health is usually right in their own home. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which are cancer causing. Each year, 280 children die from respiratory illnesses caused by secondhand smoke."

A Non-Smoking Community Means Less Risk for a Fire

By eliminating both smoking in our apartment homes and throughout the common areas, we eliminated one of the typical contributors of apartment fires: leftover cigarette butts. Of course this doesn't eliminate all risk, but as one of the leading causes (according to P3 Insurance Services, Inc.), we wanted to ensure our residents could live with us without this concern.

Our Focus is on Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Our Residents

Whether it is our workout tips, introduction to yoga, or our mindful eating series, we are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle for all of our residents.


Looking to quit? Quitline Iowa is a free telephone counseling resource for Iowans wanting to quit using tobacco. When you enroll in the program, a certified Quit Coach will help you create a Quitting Plan and offer assistance along the way. Some Iowans many be eligible to receive free Nicotine Replacement Therapies.


Topics: Apartment Living