Orange County Apartment Communities Urged to Go Smoke Free

June 30, 2017

Costa Mesa, CA (June 30, 2017) – The American Lung Association in California is urging apartment communities in Orange County to consider going smoke free to improve the health of residents.

Secondhand smoke exposure is a serious problem in multi-unit housing communities such as apartments and condos. Those residents who don't smoke can be exposed to toxic secondhand smoke from neighboring units or common areas. That exposure is especially harmful to those who suffer from asthma and other lung illnesses.

“It is an unfair situation for residents with lung disease that are forced to breathe in secondhand smoke,” said Ravi Choudhuri, Advocacy Director with the American Lung Association in California. “In most cases, those suffering from secondhand smoke exposure do not have the means to move, so transitioning communities to smoke free will go a long way towards improving public health.”

Some apartment communities have seen an increased interest from potential residents after going smoke free. The Parsons Apartment Homes in Costa Mesa transitioned to a smoke free community in 2012. In fact, The Parsons is professionally managed by Advanced Management Company, AMC, which transitioned its entire portfolio of nearly 8,000 units in Southern California to smoke free in 2012.

“We believe in providing a healthy, happy and green environment for our residents and transitioning to smoke free has been a big part of that initiative.” said (Danielle Holloway, VP). “We have found that many of our future residents and residents both appreciate and seek out this smoke free living environment. It's really become a positive experience for all involved.”

The Parsons Apartment Homes is a 60-unit community in Costa Mesa offering studios, one and two bedroom floorplans.

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About the American Lung Association in California
The American Lung Association in California is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer, to improve the air we breathe, to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association in California or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-685-4872) or visit