Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Emerging Issue: Smoke-free housing

In July 2009 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a memo in support of smoke-free public housing. The memo intended to encourage local public housing authorities to designate some or all of their units as smoke-free. The HUD memo points to the scientific evidence that secondhand smoke is not just annoying, it's dangerous. The science points to making all public housing smoke-free due to the nature of secondhand smoke. Because of the immense efforts of trying to get a statewide smoke-free law passed SFW has not fully explored the issue of smoke-free housing. We hope to join the states who have already taken the step to protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke in a a place many people spend nearly 70% of their time.

To see what other states are doing on the issue of smoke-free housing click on the links below (many cities, and other states not listed).

Minnesota is making great strides in smoke-free housing.

So is New York 



and California

To read the latest smoke-free housing news visit the website for Americans for Non-Smokers Rights.

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