The smoke is clearing from some of the Portland area's residential rental properties. A new report
commissioned by the American Lung Association in Oregon and the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area Smokefree Housing Project found that 22 percent of Portland landlords prohibit smoking inside their buildings, compared to 17 percent in 2006.
Additionally, the study found nine out of every 10 Portland renters live in units that are “virtually smokefree” and that half of renters say they would pay more to live in a smoke-free community.
“The goal of the Portland-Vancouver Metro Area Smokefree Housing Project is to protect more renters from secondhand smoke by increasing the number of properties with smokefree policies,” said Colleen Hermann-Franzen, smokefree housing manager for the Oregon Lung Association, in a release. “This year's study shows that we're making progress, yet still have a long way to go.”