More smoke-free housing options in Omaha

Jan 24, 2014

Two more Omaha apartment complexes are now smoke-free.

One apartment building at Midtown Crossing is now smoke-free. Smoking also won’t be allowed at the new Hillsborough Pointe apartment complex. Two previous fires there both were caused by careless use of cigarettes.

Aja Anderson of the Douglas County Health Department says smoke-free housing benefits tenants and property owners alike.

"When you remove secondhand smoke or smoking within those units, you have lower rates of asthma triggers, you have better issues with breathing, you have less fire risk, and for property owners and managers, there’s a reduction in cost, for some insurance carriers, there is a reduction in insurance costs."

Anderson says the Health Department works with property owners and managers who want to go smoke-free.