Blue Earth County is considering a smoking ban in its 84 public housing units, not just for the health of residents but also for sake of the buildings themselves.
The number of smoking bans in apartment buildings is growing rapidly across the state, said Julie Hawker, president of the Greater Mankato Multi-Housing Association.
The county controls some 84 public housing units, and commissioners are concerned about second hand smoke health concerns and building damage linked to smoking. The habit can ruin dry wall and carpets.
Also, Hawker said, a smoking ban makes it easier to rent apartments.
"You can advertise it as a smoke-free building," she said.
About 800 apartment complexes across the state have at least one smoke free building. , according to The Association for Nonsmokers - Minnesota.
The city of Mankato is also considering a public housing smoking ban.