A new study by the Centers for Disease Control estimates 27 to 29-million Americans living in multi-unit housing are exposed to secondhand smnoke by their neighbors. The study claims that separating smokers from non-smokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot eliminate exposure of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke. A recent study shows tobacco use accounts for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths and 80 percent of lung cancer deaths.
Health Department Educator Lisa Modrusic says smokers who quit, regardless of age, live longer than people who continue to smoke, and that can positively affect those around them.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has encouraged Public Housing Authorities, as well as owners and management agents of multi-family housing rental assistance programs, such as Section 8, to adopt and implement smoke-free policies for some or all of their properties. Call 1-800-QUIT-YES (1-800-784-8937) for more information.