142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Advanced Topics in Smoke-Free Housing

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Warren Ortland, J.D. , Public Health Law Center, William Mitchell College of Law, Saint Paul, MN
Smoke-free housing has transitioned from a novel concept to an accepted practice.  This session will review three emerging topics of concern for property managers and residents  – the use of medical or recreational marijuana; use of electronic cigarettes; and disclosure of smoking policies by property owners or managers.   

Twenty states and the District of Columbia permit the use of medical marijuana.  Two states, Colorado and Washington, allow recreational use.  Property owners are concerned that they would be required to permit the use of medical marijuana as a reasonable accommodation.  This session will review the current position of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on the use of medical marijuana in the properties it subsidizes, and will discuss the legal issues for private multi-unit housing providers. 

The use of electronic cigarettes is increasing dramatically.  Because these products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, little is known of their ingredients or health risks.  Proponents of the devices claim they help with cessation efforts and do not produce harmful secondhand smoke.  This session will assist those working with property owners understand the options for regulating electronic cigarettes.

Only a few counties and cities in California have ordinances prohibiting smoking in multi-unit properties.  Smoke-free advocates elsewhere are eager to move ahead with public policies that will protect residents from second-hand smoke.  This session will review the public policy option of requiring housing providers to disclosure their smoking policies, whether permitting or prohibiting, prior to rental or purchase.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify three new areas of concern for owners or managers of smoke-free multi-unit properties - marijuana use, electronic cigarettes, and disclosure of smoking policies. Discuss the issues that each topic area presents for property owners for both market-rate and subsidized housing. Formulate responses to questions on these topics.

Keyword(s): Tobacco Control, Healthy Housing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an attorney with the Public Health Law Center and have focused on legal issues involving smoke-free living since 2007. I was also the co-principal investigator on a research project assess the impact of secondhand smoke in condominiums, cooperatives and planned communities. I was co-author on an article reviewing this research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Currently I provide legal technical assistance on tobacco control issues to all 50 states.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.