NC Division of Public Health, Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch
The NC Division of Public Health, through its Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch head and NC Housing Coalition member Sally Herndon, began a conversation about smoke-free policies with the multi-unit housing industry several years ago. Since secondhand smoke can travel between units in multi-unit housing, many North Carolinians are involuntarily exposed to smoke in their homes, which can lead to serious health impacts, such as asthma attacks, heart attacks, and cancer. Smoking is also the #1 cause of fire deaths in multi-unit housing.
Division of Public Health attorney and NCHC member Anna Stein regularly speaks to members of the multi-unit housing industry to promote smoke-free policies, including at the NC Affordable Housing Conference this year. The Division funds grantees located in health departments around North Carolina who are working with property owners as they transition to smoke-free policies.
As all NCHC members know, housing conditions are a strong contributor to residents’ health and well-being. The Division of Public Health wants to ensure that people of all economic backgrounds living in multi-unit housing have the opportunity to breathe clean air in their homes.
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