Smokefree Matters: Multiunit Housing
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Everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free air, especially in their own homes. Secondhand smoke drifts through multi-unit housing buildings and can enter common areas and units occupied by non-smokers. Here at the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Imperial County, we aim to educate and promote a smoke-free space for everyone.
Exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to serious health problems, including lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke. It can also worsen asthma in adults and children. Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for kids as it can result in permanent damage to their lungs and cause respiratory illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
In a 2020 study conducted by the State of Tobacco Control, the only smoke-free housing options available were non-smoking common areas in Calexico and El Centro. Having a multi-unit housing that implements smoke-free policies can bring many benefits to the residents, such as:
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For assistance in implementing smoke-free policies in your multi-unit housing community, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.