Cannabis Legalization and Smoke-Free Housing in Minnesota As of Tuesday, August 1, 2023, adult-use cannabis (marijuana) is legal in Minnesota. The still evolving policy landscape has created confusion and challenges for property owners and managers, common interest communities, and renters. Minnesota has allowed the use of medical cannabis in oil, pill, and vapor forms since […]

The Bluffs of Burnsville (picture above) and many other Twin Cities multi-family housing properties will go smoke free on September 1, 2023 under Mid Continent Management’s new smoke-free policy. Photo courtesy of Mid Continent Management Corporation Mid Continent Management Corporation to launch Company-Wide Smoke-Free Policy This fall, smoke-free air will become the new normal at […]

Minneapolis and St. Paul Expand Smoke-Free Housing Criteria for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Programs The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program incentivizes housing developers throughout Minnesota to develop housing projects that include a smoke-free policy. The LIHTC program is a federal financing program for qualified residential rental properties. The LIHTC program offers investors a […]

Live Smoke Free, a program of the Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota teamed up with local and national partners to collaborate on the development of an equity-based model smoke-free housing ordinance. Please join us for a two-part webinar series to learn about this innovative approach to promoting equity and housing stability in smoke-free housing public […]

The Live Smoke Free Team Shares, Connects, and Learns at the 2022 National Conference on Tobacco or Health During the last week of June 2022, Live Smoke Free’s small but mighty team traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana to share and learn at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH). NCTOH is the premier gathering […]

West Saint Paul Renters Support Citywide Smoke-Free Housing In 2021 Dakota County Public Health (DCPH) and Live Smoke Free (LSF) collaborated with the City of West St. Paul to gather data to inform smoke-free housing opportunities in West St. Paul. LSF and DCPH surveyed 230 residents (response rate 27.6%) and six property managers (response rate […]

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing and Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis Program Excerpt For more than 40 years, smoke-free policies have provided Minnesotans protection from exposure to secondhand smoke at home, work and in the community. In the late 1990s, multi-unit housing residents and public health professionals began advocating for greater protection from secondhand smoke exposure, especially for those […]

Brooklyn Park Renters Support Citywide Smoke-Free Housing In 2019 Brooklyn 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, […]

Background In August 2021 the Minneapolis Health Department (MHD) and Live Smoke Free (LSF), a program of the Association for Nonsmokers – Minnesota, surveyed owners/managers of Minneapolis rental properties to gauge support for and understand access to low-income smoke-free housing. Respondents answered questions about their properties where rents are subsidized by Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs). […]

Join Live Smoke Free and the Public Health Law Center for two upcoming smoke-free housing webinars for public health professionals and anyone interested in clean indoor air! How to Create Affordable Smoke-Free Housing Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Time: 11:00 a.m. Central Time This 45-minute webinar will describe how to initiate, implement, and equitably enforce smoke-free policies […]