We have an opiod overdose crisis, but cigarettes still kill 15 times more people
28,200 adults in New York State die each year from smoking-related disease
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease
The average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13 years old
Oneonta Student Rentals Go Totally Tobacco-free
Michael Stolzer of Center City Rentals LLC/OneontaStudents.com in Oneonta made his student rentals totally tobacco-free starting in the fall of 2018. While Mr. Stolzer has not permitted smoking of traditional combustible cigarettes in the homes he owns and services for the past eighteen years, he recently revised his leases to prohibit all tobacco/nicotine products including e-cigarettes/vape pens and smokeless (chew) tobacco. Mr. Stolzer stated “I care about student renters and will always provide them with clean, safe and secure houses or apartments. I know that smoke-free/tobacco-free housing policies can reduce health risks, smoke damage and fire risk.” He added, “I don’t know why any landlord would want smoking and tobacco use in their homes and apartments. In the past I’ve lost some potential renters because of the lingering smell of smoke and it certainly costs more to renovate apartments in which people have smoked.”
Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS) worked with Mr. Stolzer to help him amend his leases and provided some tobacco-free signage and window clings that will be posted at the thirteen properties Mr. Stolzer owns in Oneonta. ATFC-DOS, a grant-funded program of the NYS Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control, educates the community and decision makers, mobilizes community members around the problems that tobacco addiction causes in local communities, and helps decision makers understand the types of choices that they have to address these problems.