There’s no place like home

There has been lots of interesting dialogue in the world of smokefree housing this month at both the local and state level. Earlier this month County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky posted blog about the great work happening in Los Angeles County around smokefree multiunit housing and Monday the Contra Costa Times posted an article about a perspective Walnut Creek secondhand smoke ordinance that would prohibit smoking in indoor and outdoor common areas. And in state news, just last week Assembly Member Marc Levine introduced AB 746 which would prohibit smoking in all multiunit housing in California. We know that secondhand smoke is more than a nuisance, in fact there are some huge health impacts when it comes to drifting secondhand smoke; heart disease, asthma, lung cancer and stroke just to name a few.

I know when I lived in apartments I had my own problems with drifting smoke. And a good friend of mine eventually moved to get away from the drifting smoke in her building. So I am excited to see movement towards better protection for nonsmokers while they are in their own homes.

Have you had to deal with drifting secondhand smoking in your apartment building? Have you ever called your county health department about it?

–Erin Reynoso

2 Comments

  1. Jeff Wolsfeld
    Posted Feb 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    I had to deal with second hand smoke issues for 22 years while serving in the military. Only once did I live in a 4-plex (military housing). For 2 1/2 years I had to deal with the issue with no recourse. It was a take it or leave it policy. I vowed then to never live in military housing again. I hope they (military) have changed their policy about smoking in the barracks and family housing.

  2. Posted Feb 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for sharing that, Jeff. I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been.

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