Multiunit Property Owners Learn How to Create a Breath of Fresh Air with Smoke-Free Housing Policies
The Sioux Empire Tobacco-Free (SET-Free) Coalition, Live Well Sioux Falls, the American Lung Association, and the Carroll Institute hosted a workshop today for owners and managers of multiunit housing properties to learn how to implement a smoke-free policy at their properties.
“Smoke-free housing is not just a growing health trend across the U.S., but also a smart business decision, considering that eight out of ten adults don’t smoke,” said Pat McKone of the American Lung Association, the workshop keynote presenter.
McKone and the other presenters at the Breath of Fresh Air workshop, provided attendees with information on current trends around the country, legal information about implementing a smoke-free policy, resources to assist both property owners and residents, and testimonials from local property owners and residents.
Encouraging more smoke-free housing is one of the goals of the SET Free Coalition and Live Well Sioux Falls.
Smoke-free policies allow tenants to enjoy their homes without being exposed to the deadly chemicals found in secondhand smoke, which have been linked to diseases such as cancer, asthma, heart disease, respiratory illness, ear infections, and low birth weight.
“Offering a smoke-free environment is the right decision for the health and well-being of residents who live in close proximity to one another,” said McKone. “But, it also has real benefits to the property owner in reduced maintenance costs and improved safety. Smoking-related fires are deadly and costly.”
For more information and resources on smoke-free multiunit housing, including a downloadable toolkit, visit www.livewellsiouxfalls.org and click on “Breathe Well.” To reach the SET-Free Coalition, call 605-371-1000 and to contact Live Well Sioux Falls, call 605-367-8760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.