Minneapolis encourages property owners to provide smoke-free housing

Nov. 21 is Great American Smokeout Day, and the Minneapolis Health Department is encouraging residential property owners to make their properties smoke free for the health of their residents and our community.

The Minneapolis Health Department has been working with one of the largest property owners in town, the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), to support their adoption of smoke free policies in all 42 MPHA high rises by 2015. This year, seven high rises went smoke free, helping more than 700 residents of those buildings avoid the dangers of second-hand smoke. Community organizations such as the American Lung Association, Wellshare International and Neighborhood Health Source are connecting MPHA residents who want to quit smoking to resources that can help them. Once all buildings go smoke free, more than 5,300 residents will enjoy the health benefits of smoke-free housing.

The partnership with MPHA is part of the City’s goal to encourage smoke free housing across the city, and to promote healthy, clean living environments for residents and reduce their exposure to dangerous second hand smoke. In addition to working with public housing, the City is working with the Live Smoke Free Program to encourage property owners to adopt smoke-free policies in multi-unit dwellings across the city and is especially focused on protecting the health of residents that are disparately impacted by tobacco-related chronic disease. As part of that effort, the City can link property owners to information and assistance for going smoke-free. This effort is made possible by funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a Hennepin County Community Transformation Grant.

Tobacco use is still the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., and quitting smoking not only leads to both immediate and long-term health benefits for smokers, but it also creates a healthier environment for people around them. On Great American Smokeout Day, the Minneapolis Health Department encourages people to take action to protect themselves and their loved ones from the harmful effects of tobacco use:

For more information, go to Prevention and Healthy Living on the health department’s website.

Published Nov. 21, 2013