Apartment residents are more likely to smoke and to be exposed to second hand smoke at home, compared with those who live in single-family homes.
That's according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who found that “apartment residents are more likely to smoke and less likely to have smoke-free rules than people living in single-family homes.”
CDC researchers looked at data from the 2013-1014 National Adult Tobacco Survey, and determined that 20% of adult apartment and condo residents smoked, compared to 14% of single-family home adults.
And, only 81% of multi-unit homes had smoke-free rules, compared with 87% of single-family homes.
Smoke-free rules can protect against the dangers of second hand smoke.
It is important for "all people" to be protected by smoke-free policies, says Dr. Corinne Graffunder, director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.