Check out the state's Smoke-Free website! More resources and information are available there.
Reasons to consider making your property smoke-free:
Worried about legal issues?
Existing laws allow for smoke-free housing:
Steps to adopting a smoke-free policy:
1) Get Set for Success
Consider contacting us for technical assistance. Our contact information is below.
Survey your tenants. Explain why you’re considering going smoke-free, outline possible features of the new policy, and invite feedback. A sample survey is available at the bottom of this page for download.
2) Create your own policy
Sample lease addenda are provided below. Seek feedback from your legal consultant, management company, and other key stakeholders within your organizational structure. Announce the date for when your policy will be effective (allow at least 30 days).
3) Implement your policy.
Incorporate the policy language into the appropriate documents.
Post signage to ensure compliance among tenants, visitors, and staff. We can provide signage depending on what type of policy you adopt.
4) Reap the Benefits
Work with us to ensure your property appears on the Iowa Smoke-free Housing Registry - a new online resource for potential tenants.
Survey your tenants 60 to 90 days after the implementation of your policy. This will aid owner/tenant relations and support compliance and enforcement. See the bottom of this page for a sample letter.
Sample lease addenda from the Iowa Department of Public Health are provided at the bottom of the page (the files are titled Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze or Cooper). These are five different 100% smoke-free policy options:
Linn County Public Health can provide:
Got questions? Contact:
Katie Jones, MPH, CHES
Health Education Specialist