Studying the Smokefree Housing Studies

I’ve heard over and over again the argument that “it’s not fair to force people in low income housing to have smokefree housing.” Haven’t we all? But we all know it’s still an important issue to work on despite this argument. And now we have the results of two new studies to help us make our case:

  • new CDC study on smokefree housing in subsidized housing found evidence that, “overall, 74% of tenants were ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ happy with the smoke-free policy…”
  • Another recent study from the University of Rochester Medical Center underscores the importance of this work. The study found that “The majority of children living in apartments [84 percent] are exposed to secondhand smoke, even when they don’t live with smokers.”

These studies together encourage us all to continue to move forward with confidence with smokefree policies in multi-unit housing, even in low-income housing.

-Vanessa Marvin

One Comment

  1. Raveen Sharma
    Posted Jul 6, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I hope this put an end to indoor smoking in general. The air belongs to everyone. Smoking is like farting in an elevator, it’s rude and it won’t make you any friends. But at least farts are not deadly.

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