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Free of smoke on apartment tips

Cigarette smoking is still a very common habit in the U.S. According to the latest findings from the American Lung Association nearly 480,000 people die each year from tobacco use and exposure. Given that, it’s little wonder that more people are giving up and keeping their apartments smoke-free.

So what does this have to do with you?

Whether it’s summertime, the holidays or spring break, it’s likely that you’ll welcome visitors into your apartment. Whether they’re staying for a day or a week, you may run into a very uncomfortable issue: how do you ask them not to smoke in your apartment?

You should not feel intimidated in your own home. Your house, your rules! If they can’t deal with not being able to smoke inside, they can find somewhere else to crash.

If being blunt isn’t your style, here’s something to consider. Even if you’ve never lit up yourself, you would still be in harm’s way as secondhand smoke is also a killer.

So, what can you do?


  • Remember that smoking is an addiction, one that cannot be stopped cold turkey at your convenience.
    Did you know: You can search for a smoke-free community on Apartment Guide! From the main search bar, just click on “More”, then “More Options”.
  • Find out your apartment community’s smoking policy. Some apartments are completely smoke-free. Others have designated outdoor areas for smokers. Even if you have a patio, that’s not always the best place to send a smoker since the fumes will travel to your neighbors.
  • Let your guests know about your anti-smoking policy as soon as possible, even before they arrive at your place. Letting them know your expectations up front will prevent them from feeling caught off-guard.
  • Even if the smoker is courteous enough to step outside, the odor will no doubt linger back into your apartment. If possible, leave windows open to air out the funk.
  • Be prepared to launch a cleaning campaign upon their departure. Lingering smoke will likely make it into your furniture, bedding and clothing.


  • According to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR), 80 percent of smokers say they want to quit. But addictions are hard to break and only 20 percent of smokers actually stop. Don’t bother getting on your soap box, lecturing about how smoking causes cancer and other health problems. Everyone already knows that.

  • No name calling. Referring to your guest as Smokey or Puff the Magic Dragon, though funny, doesn’t really help the situation.

All it takes is a little finesse and open communication to keep your apartment from turning into the smoldering speakeasy.

Apartment living tips with your pet

unduhan (15)Here are some tips to help you catify your crib, so your royal highness will be purring

Take playtime to the next level
Cats in the wild love jumping from limb to limb, and cats at home are no different. Create an active cat wonderland by providing platforms at varying heights for them to pounce or lay on. DIY cat lovers can install different sizes of shelving on the wall. Even if you aren’t super-handy, you can still create a playful, cat-friendly apartment withready-made cat gymsthat come in all shapes and sizes. (There’s even a life-like tree house.)

Help your kitty veg out
After all that active playtime, Mister Fluffy or Miss Furrybutt will need some downtime. Cats love to be perched up high, so you might stash a cat bed on top of a bookcase or dresser. But some kitties like to chill out on the down-low: perfect for this groovy cat hammock that you can hang on a stand or attach under a chair or table.

Serve them in style
The average apartment cat never wants to feel average. That’s why you might pamper them with modern dining utensils like a stainless steel watering fountain,square Asian-inspired supper dishes or a funky cathead food container. And if you really want to treat your feline friend right, whip up a batch of homemade cat food to make sure they are the healthiest they can be!

Make litter more elegant
Just so you know, classy cats don’t call their commode a litter box. Oh no, they call it a litter cabinet. And you simply must have one to make your cat wonderland complete. Choose from a variety of wood finishes or wicker. Seriously, these litter boxes in disguise look fantastic and are a treat for both pet and owner.