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Maine to become first state to ban smoking in rental properties

Although it's a renowned fact that smoking can cause a number of serious health complications, many people tend to overlook the effects of secondhand smoke. When inhaled, the chemicals in cigarettes can cause similar ailments to those seen in smokers, such as cancer.

In an effort to reduce the levels of secondhand smoke that is inhaled across Maine, the state will become the first in the nation to ban smoking in apartments. Beginning in 2012, Maine will take up a policy that prohibits people from smoking in rental properties, according to the Village Soup.

"We know that in Maine over 75 percent of tenants surveyed want to live in smoke-free housing. Our goal is to have the supply of smoke-free housing meet that demand," Nancy Laite, Healthy Maine Program Specialist, told the news source.

However, not all regions of the country are as active in protecting tenants as Maine. An air purifier can help clear the air in an apartment where an individual is forced to live around smokers.

The IQAir GC MultiGas Air Purifier can be especially effective in helping tenants breathe easier. It has a HyperHEPA filter that can remove toxins from cigarette smoke from up to 900 square feet of space.