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Estimates of Smoking-Related Property Costs in California Multiunit Housing (American Journal of Public Health)

March 1, 2012

Journal Article

Authors: Michael Ong, Allison L. Diamant, MD, MSHS, et al

​Authors evaluated smoking-related costs in multiunit housing. From 2008 to 2009, we surveyed California multiunit housing owners or managers on their past-year smoking-related costs (i.e., cleaning and replacement) and smoke-free policies. A total of 27.1% of respondents had incurred smoking-related costs (mean $4935), and 33.5% reported complete smoke-free policies, which lowered the likelihood of incurring smoking-related costs. Implementing statewide complete smoke-free policies may save multiunit housing property owners $18,094,254 annually.

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