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How to spot a smoke-free high-rise: Look for this sticker

By Lucy Cohen Blatter  | December 5, 2012 - 11:01AM

We've covered smoke-free buildings on BrickUnderground before--even compiling our own list of NYC apartment buildings that have totally banned smoking--so the new "Healthy High-Rise Program" from the American Cancer Society caught our eye.

Through the program, high-rise hunters will be able to tell at a glance if the building they’re considering living in is 100% smoke-free. In addition to bragging rights, buildings that meet the criteria are given a Healthy High-Rises decal for display in the front window.

According to the American Cancer Society, smoke-free housing has become an increasing trend in the real estate industry (a trend we can confirm).

“Secondhand smoke permeates walls and crevices in multi-unit residential housing and poses a significant health threat,”  Dr. Fred Jacobs of the American Cancer Society of NY & NJ said in the American Cancer Society press release announcing the program. “While health is a major concern, so is money. Smoke-free buildings are cost-effective because they require less maintenance and result in happier tenants.”

The 14 buildings below are slated to be the first recipients of the Healthy High-Rises designation. All but the first one are rentals.

For more buildings that have banned smoking, check out our previous post on the topic. You can also search for "non-smoking" or "smoke-free" rentals, and "non-smoking" or "smoke-free" co-ops/condos.   

Interested in turning your rental, co-op or condo building into a smoke-free zone? has some helpful dguides on how to go to about it.

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Study says smoke-free rentals are cheaper for landlords

Key ingredients of condo smoking ban: Family sized apartments and resale value

Dealing with a chainsmoking neighbor, when an $1,100 air purifier isn't enough

Smoking bans advance in co-ops and condos

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Renters score secondhand smoke victory


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