White Plains Smoke Free


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If a neighbor in your apartment house smokes, you do too. We ban smoking wherever people gather publicly, now we need to ban it in multi-family housing.

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White Plains Smoke Free

  1. 1. In Multifamily Housing Secondhand Smoke WPSmokeFree.org March 18, 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>Secondhand smoke infiltrates 25% of non-smoker's apartments in Westchester on a regular basis. </li></ul><ul><li>Secondhand &quot;smokers&quot; get more carcinogens than tobacco smokers! </li></ul><ul><li>Second smoke can't be controlled by ventilating, air conditioning, or air cleaning systems. </li></ul><ul><li>A smoke-free environment is the only way to protect against secondhand smoke. </li></ul>Secondhand Smoke in Multifamily Housing: Overview
  3. 3. Poll of Westchester Residents on Smoking *41% have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lives. **Secondhand smoke intrusion reported by multifamily housing residents who don't permit smoking in their homes. Telephone poll of a random sample of 500 Westchester adults (34% in multifamily housing) onducted for the POW’R Against Tobacco Coalition by Blum & Weprin Associates, Inc. from July 24 to August 9, 2007. Sampling error +/-4.5%. Proportion Who Smoke* • 10% of residents smoke • 7% daily • 3% occasionally Opinion on Secondhand Smoke • 69% say it is very harmful • 22% say it is somewhat harmful Smoking Banned By Choice • 78% of all homes • 87% of homes with children • 82% of family cars Secondhand Smoke Into Apartments** • 49% at some time • 25% at least a few times a week • 9% considered moving because of it
  4. 4. What you see (and smell) is smoke. It's what you can't see that kills!
  5. 5. Did You Know? Concentrations of many cancer-causing and toxic chemicals are higher in secondhand smoke than in the smoke inhaled by smokers!
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Environmental Protection Agency rates secondhand smoke a Class A carcinogen -- the most dangerous. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 38,000 Americans will die this year from lung cancer or heart disease attributable to secondhand smoke. </li></ul><ul><li>Secondhand smoke is particularly dangerous to developing fetuses, children, and the elderly, who are least able to recognize and escape it. </li></ul>Secondhand Smoke Kills
  7. 8. <ul><li>The Surgeon General says there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. </li></ul><ul><li>Just 5 minutes exposure constricts the aorta as much actually smoking a cigarette, reducing function, and stressing the heart. </li></ul><ul><li>Long after the air clears, toxic gases and particles -- third-hand smoke -- cling to clothing, walls, carpet and furniture. </li></ul>There is No Safe Amount of Secondhand Smoke
  8. 9. If they smoke, then you do, too. As much as 60% of the air in an apartment may come from other units. Diamond RC, Feustel HE and Dickerhoff, DJ. 1996. &quot;Ventilation and Infiltration in Highrise Apartment Buildings,&quot; Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, LBL Report LBL-38103.
  9. 10. <ul><li>Separate non-smoking sections or rooms don't work -- smoke travels in the air. </li></ul><ul><li>Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems distribute and can't control secondhand smoke. </li></ul><ul><li>Conventional air cleaning systems can removelarge, odor causing particles, but not the smaller toxic particles andgases found in secondhand smoke. </li></ul>There is No Reliable Way to Control Secondhand Smoke
  10. 11. A Smoke-Free Environment Is The Only Protection
  11. 12. <ul><li>Apartment by Apartment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Depends on smokers to help </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Building by Building </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal for rental properties, public housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problematic for co-ops and condos </li></ul></ul><ul><li>City by City </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Belmont, CA did it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>White Plains can do it, too! </li></ul></ul>Going Smoke-Free
  12. 13. <ul><li>It doesn't just smell. It kills! </li></ul><ul><li>Apartment dwellers can't escape it. </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing can control it. </li></ul><ul><li>The only protection: </li></ul><ul><li>The only practical way: City by City. </li></ul>Secondhand Smoke in Multifamily Housing: Summary