On Wednesday, February 27, the Coalition was joined by over sixty community leaders, housing organizations, and public health advocates for “Smoke-Free Housing Strategies in New York City” – a workshop designed to increase awareness around secondhand smoke at home and what some organizations are doing to reduce exposure.
Through their community education and outreach work, CSSNY recognized a gap of information and created a concise and accessible guide to smoke-free housing for multiunit housing residents. Previously, most of the Coalition’s work around smoke-free housing involved outreach to building owners and property managers. We were thrilled to partner with CSSNY to increase awareness of and support for smoke-free housing among residents here in New York City.
Finally, the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) presented on community education strategies specific to the release of these two new materials. Far too often, community organizations develop content such as reports, infographics, or videos that do not reach as broad of an audience as they could. NYPIRG suggested that Coalition partners engage community boards, decision makers, non-profits, tenant associations, and local media to make sure these resources are widely disseminated. They even gave a great example of how they would integrate their own messaging into an outreach strategy on college campuses: “200,000 NYC youth are exposed involuntarily to secondhand smoke at home. That’s almost as many students there are in the entire CUNY system!”
The NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City was honored to be a part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Grant (CPPW), a federally funded initiative to combat obesity and tobacco use that spanned fifty communities across the United States where over fifty million people live.
As part of this grant, the Coalition provided funding at both the borough and citywide level to non-profit organizations that committed to increasing awareness in their communities of the harmful effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke, as well as how tobacco marketing in stores at the point-of-sale perpetuates the epidemic of tobacco-related disease.