Your House is your Largest Ashtray

Warning: Your House is your largest Ash Tray

There has been extensive research over the years on tobacco products and the harmful chemicals found in them: arsenic, ammonia, tar, and nicotine to name just a few. The number of cigarette smokers has dropped significantly as research reveals the disgusting truth about a bad habit that has been labeled harder to quit than heroin. We all know what happens to our health and the health of those around us if we smoke, but what happens when we smoke inside our homes?

You create more ways to lose your life than just cancer.

Think about how many distractions a day we get: you’re too busy creeping on Facebook, answering a ridiculously long email from your boss, or flipping through the channels to get the scoop on the Kardashians. You take a break from burning down your lungs, only to come back and find out your lit cigarette is burning down your house! Our homes are loaded with flammable and combustible materials: curtains, nail polish remover, hair spray, cleaning products, and more. An unattended cigarette can easily lead to a deadly fire beyond our control. In a recent study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths between 2009 and 2013.


The average smoker sends $1.1 million in a lifetime on cigarette packs, but the cost of smoking is much more.

We aren’t just talking about spending ridiculous amounts of cash on cigarettes alone. An article from Natural Society reveals costs that most people who smoke inside their home do not think about:

  • High Homeowner’s Insurance: Smokers are charged a higher rate in homeowners insurance because smokers are more likely to start a home fire than a nonsmoker.
  • Decrease in Home Value: No one wants a home that reeks of stale cigarette smoke, burn holes in the carpet, and discolored walls–let’s face it. It not only decreases your home’s worth, but it makes it harder to sell due to damages and lingering, unpleasant odors.
  • High Cleaning Costs: It costs two to three times more to clean up and turnover a home or unit
    that has smoked in than to clean one that has not. In heavily smoked in homes, flooring, appliances, and counter tops often need to be replaced due to stains and damages from cigarette smoke. View the cost breakdown below for nonsmokers, light smokers, and heavy smokers:

How much does it cost for a smoker to clean their home?


Layers of deadly chemicals you ingest everyday.

Thirdhand smoke is defined as the residue and buildup left from tobacco products on furniture and surfaces. Awareness of
thirdhand smoke is increasing as it causes the formation of hazardous carcinogens that are harmful to our health such as arsenic, lead, and cyanide. The chemicals in cigarettes can cling to walls and other surfaces, and the gases can sink into carpets, upholstery, and clothing. There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke!


You’re living in an ash tray.

The smell of cigarettes is a huge turnoff! Ash covered furniture, discoloration of walls, and a strong odor will scare away friends, family members, and any other visitors. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors says that “smoke particles can be as small as .001% of the width of a human hair, which allows them to penetrate almost any part of a house,” thus making it very easy to linger but difficult to remove. Thinking to sell? Imagine the trouble you will have selling to buyers that are nonsmokers.


We want your opinion. “An estimated 17.8% (42.1 million) U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, were current cigarette smokers in 2013,” reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After reading the horrifying truth about what smoking indoors does to a home, take the poll below. Would you buy a home where the owner smoked indoors?

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