November 6, 2012 - Potential HMP Workplan Objectives Connected to BEC Initiatives
November 6, 2012
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Webinar Purpose Provide background on why to address HMP tobacco work plan objective 3 and worksite objective 1.3 and tips for successfully completing these objectives. Provide Healthy Maine Partnerships with information on how the tools and resources available from the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine can help you meet your work plan objectives.
Who We Are Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine Maine Tobacco- Breathe Easy Coalition Free Hospital of Maine Network Maine Tobacco- Free College Network Funded by the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine, Maine CDC/DHHS.
Who We Are Mission: Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke through the promotion of strong voluntary policies that lead to reduced tobacco use and increased tobacco-free living throughout Maine. Vision: A state where all can live free from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke. How: Providing technical assistance, resources and initiatives to promote policy and environmental change.
Why Promote Comprehensive Tobacco-Free Initiatives Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke – even brief exposure causes damage that can lead to series disease and death. Creating tobacco-free areas changes the social norm around tobacco use and promotes tobacco-free living. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke increase their risk of developing heart disease by 25- 30% and for developing lung cancer by 20-30%US Surgeon General Reports 2010, 2012
PTM Objective 3:Increasing the SF MUH Buildings Strategies: PTM 3.1: Guide tenants to effectively advocate for smoke-free rental units based on the negative health consequences of secondhand smoke and their right to breathe clean air. PTM 3.2: Assist landlords, community action programs, and/or tenant associations to develop and implement smoke-free policies. PTM 3.3: Engage local asthma educators, healthy homes practitioners, COPD educators, and persons with asthma and/or COPD to advocate for inclusion of smoke-free policies in residential buildings. PTM 3.4: Review and/or revise smoke-free policies to eliminate “grandfathering” of existing smoking units. PTM 3.5: Work with owners and managers to review enforcement of newly developed smoke-free policies, revising as necessary to assure effective implementation.
Breathe Easy, You’re In Maine:Smoke-Free Housing Background Who has adopted a voluntary policies: • 100% Public Housing Authorities • 2 of 5 Tribal Housing Authorities • 48% of Private Landlords/Property Managers Also: • Secondhand smoke landlord disclosure law • Requirement for Maine’s QAP (Low-Income Housing Tax Credit) Program • SF designation given on MaineHousing’s MUH Registry
120% Percentage of Public Housing Authorities in Maine100% with 100% Smoke-Free Policies 100% 95% 90% 90%80% 70%60% 55%40% 35%20% 10% 5% 0% 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Compiled by the Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine
Maine SHS Policy Disclosure Law An Act To Improve Awareness of Smoking Policies in Maine Rental Housing. Took effect – September 2011. All property owners must notify tenants (or potential tenants) in writing, of whether smoking is allowed on the premises and if so, where. Great smoke-free housing talking point when working with both residents and property owners/managers. Full law language: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_125th/chapters/PUBLIC199.asp
Tracking SFH in Your Community Coalition partners with Monthly Totals February 2011 1650 14640 11.27% and Percentages March 2011 1706 15234 11.20% MaineHousingSearch.org to April 2011 1878 15400 12.19% include a smoke-free listing May 2011 June 2011 1912 2230 15582 16039 12.27% 13.90% option. July 2011 August 2011 2314 2566 16502 16529 14.02% 15.52% Track smoke-free listings vs. September 2011 2592 16648 15.57% October 2011 2749 16987 16.18% all housing listings monthly November 2011 2886 17087 16.89% by Town/City, County and December 2011 2827 17041 16.59% January 2012 2884 17298 16.67% State. February 2012 3491 17528 19.92% HMPs can request listing March 2012 April 2012 3466 3484 17355 17335 19.97% 20.10% data for their area, as needed May 2012 June 2012 3438 3495 17161 17187 20.03% 20.34% for planning or reporting. July 2012 3613 17414 20.75% August 2012 3629 17481 20.76% September 2012 3727 17606 21.17% October 2012 3641 17709 20.56%
Empowering Residents for SFH/SHS(Strategies 3.1 & 3.3) Fact Sheets Smoke-Free Homes Pledge
Empowering Residents for SFH/SHS(Strategies 3.1 & 3.3) Post Cards and Signage
Working with Landlords (Strategies 3.2, 3.4, 3.5) Making the case for smoke-free housing: Highlight: • Turnover Savings • Fire Danger • Property Damage • Insurance Savings • Happier & Healthier Tenants • Liability • Changing SFH Norm • Growing Support
Working with Landlords(Strategies 3.2, 3.4, 3.5) Tips: Attend local landlord events and meetings to discuss smoke-free housing Reach out to landlords – obtain mailing lists from town tax assessors. Tools exist to help you! Template policy and lease language for landlords Enforcement fact sheets and strategies Free signage, key chains and other resources for landlords Free technical assistance from Coalition staff
SFH Questions? Fact Sheets, lease/policy/disclosure law language and other information available at www.smokefreeforme.org Contact the Coalition for flow chart, tips for contacting tax assessors, MaineHousingSearch.org and Smoke-Free Homes Pledge data and for any additional information.
Worksite Objective 1.3 Offer technical assistance and resources to worksites to assist employers in implementing a written smoking or tobacco use policy that meets or exceeds Maine law. What to consider: Health care organizations and institutions of higher learning are usually among the largest employers in a community – addressing tobacco use on these properties will help make your community healthier! BEC has resources to address tobacco-free hospitals and colleges/universities.
Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network Adopting a tobacco-free campus policy is an example of a healthcare organization’s commitment to creating a healthier community – benefits patients, employees, visitors and role models positive health policies for the entire community. Currently, more than 3,400 hospitals nationally and 26 hospitals in Maine have adopted 100% tobacco-free hospital campus policies. Americans For Nonsmokers Rights, 10-5-12
Tools for Addressing TF Hospitals Gold Star Standards of Excellence – annual recognition program to help hospitals meet best practice standards around tobacco-free policies and supporting tobacco- free living. Comprised of ten standards around policy practices, treatment and education. All Maine hospitals meeting at least six of ten standards will be recognized.
Gold Star Standards of Excellence Maine Hospital Participation in Gold Star Standards of Excellence, 2010-2012, by award level30 2825 2020 16 201015 14 2011 12 2012 1010 7 6 6 5 2 2 1 0 Bronze Silver Gold Total
Maine Tobacco-Free College Network As leaders in higher learning, colleges and universities have a commitment to providing a safe and healthy environment. Tobacco-free campus policies are examples of this commitment as they benefit students, faculty, staff, visitors and help change the community norm around tobacco use. More than 608 colleges and universities nationally and 6 in Maine have adopted 100% tobacco-free campus policies. Americans For Nonsmokers Rights, 10-5-12
Maine Tobacco-Free College Network Gold Star Standards of Excellence – annual recognition program to help colleges and universities meet best practice standards around tobacco-free policies and supporting tobacco-free living. Comprised of ten standards around policy practices, treatment and education. All Maine institutions of higher learning that meet at least five of ten standards will be recognized.
Upcoming Training Opportunities November 15th – Tobacco-Free College Workshop Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor – 10am-1pm http://www.123contactform.com/form-376864/TobaccoFree- CollegeUniversity-PeertoPeer-Workshop November 29th – Addressing Tobacco Smoke in Your Community: Tips for Public Health Professionals Webinar 1-2:30pm; https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/535765801 January 17th – Smoke-Free Housing Webinar 1-2:30pm; https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/323521728
Questions?Contact Us: Breathe.Easy.Maine@gmail.com (207)874-8774 www.MaineTobaccoFreeCollegeNetwork.org www.MaineTobaccoFreeHospitalNetwork.org www.SmokeFreeforME.org View past presentations: www.slideshare.net/breatheeasy Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BreatheEasyMaine