Did you know that 77 percent of renters prefer smoke-free housing — including over half of people who smoke?
Did you also know that — despite this — only 35 percent of renters report that they live in buildings with no-smoking policies?
In response, nine King County housing providers are developing no-smoking policies for their properties — a move that will benefit residents in 9,000 units across the county. These policies will prohibit smoking inside buildings, and in outdoor areas like patios and balconies. The policies, however, do not require that residents quit smoking or prohibit people who smoke from moving in.
“This is a major achievement and public health success that will ensure more families have access to safe and healthy living environments,” said Dow Constantine, King County Executive.
Around Maple Leaf, all 86 units at Lake City Village will go smoke-free by October 2011, when the units become available to the public. In addition to being smoke-free, Lake City Village will also offer the greenest affordable housing in Washington state.
Seattle Housing Authority apartment buildings in Green Lake and Lake City will also implement no-smoking policies by March of 2012.
“We are currently drafting new no-smoking policies that will cover more than 3,500 of our units,” said Andrew Lofton, Deputy Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority. “In addition to being the right decision for the health of our residents, we expect these new policies to help preserve our property values, save money on cleaning and repair costs, and reduce our risk of cigarette fires.”
The new smoke-free policies were adopted with support from Public Health – Seattle & King County and Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), an initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that aims to reduce chronic disease by increasing access to healthy places.
Housing providers underwent a comprehensive planning process in advance of policy implementation, including surveys of residents, meetings with building management and staff, and resident meetings to explain the new policies.
|Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)
In spring 2010, Public Health – Seattle & King County was awarded two CPPW grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one for tobacco prevention and the other for obesity prevention. Public Health awarded over 50 local community partners (school districts, community-based organizations and local governments) with funding to improve nutrition and physical activity, and decrease tobacco use and exposure.