Brooklyn Park Renters Support Citywide Smoke-Free Housing

In 2019 Brookly Park, Hennepin County, and ANSR staff began reaching out to select multi-unit properties (both smoke-free and smoking-allowed) in Brooklyn Park asking to survey residents on the topic of smoke-free housing. The goal was to learn about smoking habits in apartments, resident experience of secondhand smoke, and opinions about smoke-free building policies for both where they live and for properties citywide.

The survey found that more than half of residents (59% in smoke-free buildings and 49% in smoking-permitted buildings) are exposed to secondhand smoke every day, multiple times per week, multiple times per month, or multiple times per year.

Residents showed strong support for smoke-free policies and ordinances. Residents were asked, “To what extent would you support a citywide policy or ordinance requiring multi-unit housing to have smoke-free policies?”

In smoke-free buildings, 74% of residents either strongly supported or somewhat supported a citywide smoke-free housing ordinance.

In smoking-permitted buildings, 61% of residents either strongly supported or somewhat supported a citywide smoke-free housing ordinance.

To learn more about Brooklyn Park renters’ opinions on smoke-free housing, read the full reports.