Smoke-Free Policies Can Be Your Moat

Is your home really your castle?  Seems like you need to build bigger moats these days.

Most Americans who live in mult-unit housing have in fact adopted smoke-free rules in their own private homes, but millions are still involuntarily exposed to secondhand smoke according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health.  The researchers recommend smoke-free building policies to protect all the residents in the building from secondhand smoke exposure at home.

In NYC, approximately 500,000 adults and children are exposed to secondhand smoke at home. “A vast majority of multi-unit housing residents continue to be exposed to toxic compounds found in secondhand smoke in spite of the adoption of voluntary smoke-free rules for their private homes,” said Dr. Hyland, the senior investigator of the study.  He concluded, “This study demonstrates widespread support of the adoption of smoke-free building policies.”  According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 59% of NYC voters say they would like to live in a building where no one is allowed to smoke.

This national study evaluated attitudes, experiences and acceptance of smoke-free policies among residents of multi-unit housing in the United States. Approximately 80 million Americans live in multi-unit housing. Given the results of their study, the researchers estimate that 30 million multi-unit housing residents with smoke-free rules in their homes may still be exposed to tobacco smoke that enters their residence from other areas of the building.

“Residents of multi-unit housing are particularly susceptible to secondhand smoke exposure from nearby units and shared areas such as hallways,” said lead author Andrea Licht, MS, a doctoral student with the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University at Buffalo. “These residents are trying to protect their families from the dangers of secondhand smoke by not allowing smoking in their homes and would welcome policies that support that goal.”

The Coalition believes that smoke-free housing is the next natural step in protecting the health of all New Yorkers.  Urging your building to adopt a smoke-free policy is the only way to protect your family and neighbors from the dangers of secondhand smoke at home.

Yes, your castle can be your home.  And your building’s smoke-free policy can be your moat.