4276.0 Home, Smokefree, Home: Advances in Smokefree Housing

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
This session looks at advances in smokefree housing policies. It is well known that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke and if smoking is allowed in a multi-unit housing building, the toxic secondhand smoke chemicals are exchanged between units. In 2009, HUD issued a notice that encouraged public housing authorities to institute smoke-free policies in some or all of their units; however, many localities began considering, or implemented, bans prior to 2009. Richmond, California is one of the first communities in the country to enact simultaneously a comprehensive package of tobacco control laws. These laws include a novel approach to reduce secondhand smoke exposure by making it illegal to smoke tobacco products in multi-unit housing. San Mateo County Tobacco Prevention Program has prioritized social norm change around smoke-free housing.
Session Objectives: Describe efforts to implement smoke-free policies in public housing. Describe efforts to publicize the benefits of smoke-free policies in public housing.

Leaving no tenant exposed: Creating smoke-free public housing
Sarah Mayberry, BS and Tina Pettingill, MPH
Richmond, California, a pioneer in smokefree multi-unit housing: Results from a qualitative study
Valerie B. Yerger, ND, Robynn Battle, EdD, Julie Waters, BA and Roland Moore, PhD
Getting the smoke out: Effective technical assistance for tenants facing drifting smoke in their apartment homes
Derek R. Smith, MPH/MSW, Gabriela Lemus, Edith Cabuslay, MPH and Scott Morrow, MD, MPH
How has the news media told the story of smoke-free public housing?
Ann Carroll Klassen, PhD, Aaron Pankiewicz, MPH, Amy R. Confair, MPH, Jeannette Bowles, MSW and Katherine Clegg Smith, PhD

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Organized by: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
Endorsed by: Public Health Nursing, Community Health Planning and Policy Development

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)