183505 Smoke-free housing: Eliminating ETS exposure in multi-unit housing through voluntary policy change

Monday, October 27, 2008: 9:00 AM

Amy Olfene, BA , Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine, Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, Portland, ME
Tina Harnett-Pettingill, MPH, CPC , Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine, Portland, ME
The Smoke-Free Housing Coalition's mission, through education, advocacy, and policy change, is to reduce the number of multi-unit residents who are involuntarily exposed to secondhand smoke in communities throughout Maine in the place they spend nearly 70% of their time: the home. The Coalition builds on the state-wide goal eliminating involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke and making smoke-free living the norm, not the exception. The Coalition, as a state-wide entity of over 50 individuals and 30 organizations, has applied public health expertise, legal support, and investor-focused marketing to create a successful state-wide initiative. A combination of direct outreach, partnerships with twenty-two of the State's housing authorities, paid media campaign and the cooperation of several landlords and private developments has allowed the Coalition to educate thousands of landlords and tenants on the importance of smoke-free housing and influence policy change. Whether that be the addition of a smoke-free one-point incentive in MaineHousing's Qualified Allocation Plan or the fourteen Maine housing authorities that have gone smoke-free since 2003, Maine has become a State accepting and interested in bring smoke-free policies into multi-unit buildings. Through a grouping of education and outreach to tenants and landlords the Coalition plans to match the supply of smoke-free housing with the demand. Advocating to both sides of the rental community for voluntary policy and behavior change creates an environment where citizens have the opportunity to live in a home free from secondhand smoke exposure.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the advantages of a smoke-free home, including health impact and economic benefit, to landlords and tenants 2. Develop a state-wide, or community-wide, coalition dedicated to the advancement of smoke-free housing by identifying key partners and contacts 3. List the target audiences and messages for implementation of a smoke-free housing campaign 4. Identify primary venues for policy change around secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing, including both public and private housing 5. Achieve statewide tobacco control goals through implementation of a smoke-free housing campaign

Keywords: Housing, Smoking

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Amy is the Project Coordinator for the Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine. Based out of Portland, Maine, she has been with the Coalition since early 2007. As the Coalition’s sole staff member, Amy’s primary responsibilities include overseeing and managing grant funding and objectives of the Coalition, research and education development for Coalition outreach, as well as providing technical assistance to landlords and tenants throughout Maine on the topic of smoke-free housing. In addition, Amy works as the Grassroots Coordinator for the Health Policy Partners of Maine where she mobilizes Maine communities on state-level legislative issues pertaining to tobacco and obesity control in Maine. Prior to her work with the Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine and the Health Policy partners of Maine, Amy was a student intern with the Portland Housing Authority’s property management team and the Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Women’s Policy Center. Amy holds her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine, where she graduated in 2006.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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