World No-Tobacco Day 2019

Today is World No-Tobacco Day, when the public is informed of the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what the World Health Organisation (WHO) is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

Is smoking still an issue in 2019?

Despite the dangers of smoking and the proven links between tobacco and cancer, according to Cancer Research 19 per cent of adults in the UK continue to smoke.  

The toxins from tobacco aren’t the only thing that can kill. Fires caused by unattended lit cigarettes account for more than a quarter of fire deaths every year.

On a less macabre note, smoking inside your home can devalue it by up to 29 per cent. In money terms, if your house is worth £250,000, you stand to lose £72,500.

What constitutes damage from smoking?

Common home damage caused by cigarettes includes discoloured walls and ceilings, smelly carpets and curtains, and burn marks on furniture and surfaces.

What can I do if my tenant is smoking in my property?

If your tenant is smoking in your property without your consent, and/or against the terms and conditions laid out in their contract, you are right to be concerned.

Even if you do specifically allow smoking in your property, you can still require the tenant to pay for any damage caused by their habit by inserting a clause into the contract.

If you are an NLA member and are concerned about a tenant smoking your property, please don’t hesitate to call our advice line on 020 7840 8939.

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