IN THE UNITED STATES, SMOKING CAUSES 87% OF LUNG CANCER DEATHS, 32% OF CORONARY HEART DISEASE DEATHS AND 79% OF ALL CASES OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD).

ABOUT THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION

The mission of the American Lung Association (ALA) is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, the American Lung Association’s focus today has expanded to include all lung disease; such as asthma, COPD, and lung cancer, as well as a focus on tobacco prevention and both indoor and outdoor air quality issues that can threaten the air we breathe. The American Lung Association in Alaska (ALAA) coordinates and facilitates the state wide Alaska Smoke-free Housing Partnership (ASHP) and believes that everyone has the right to breathe clean air. Living in a smoke-free environment is one of the best ways to protect health and save lives!

ABOUT THE ALASKA SMOKE-FREE HOUSING PARTNERSHIP

The Alaska Smokefree Housing Partnership is working to eliminate secondhand smoke from the air you breathe by advocating for Smokefree Policies in public/ private/ tribal multi-unit housing, condos and single units, and to develop a statewide network to support citizens in living in smokefree environments. Some of our strategies include working with landlords, real estate disclosure laws, and providing education and outreach.

Although a small percentage of Alaskan renters currently live in a smokefree environment, many would prefer to do so. Therefore, Alaska Smokefree Housing Partnership has chosen these goals:

  • To educate Landlords, Public Housing Authorities, Alaska Native Housing Authorities, Community Leaders and Health Professionals as to the advantages of Smokefree Housing.
  • To educate and assist renters who are having issues with Secondhand Smoke exposure in their rental units.

Everyone has the right to breathe clean air and living in a smoke-free environment is one of the best ways to protect health and save lives. The negative effects of secondhand smoke are well understood and documented:

  • To provide Landlords with resources and materials to implement a smoke-free policy.
  • To educate and assist renters who are having issues with Secondhand Smoke exposure in their rental units.
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke is responsible for at least 3,000 lung cancer deaths and 46,000 heart disease deaths each year.
  • Secondhand smoke especially hurts children. Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from pneumonia, bronchitis, and other lung disease.
  • Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals; more than 60 of those are cancer-causing chemicals.
  • In Alaska, approximately 9,560 children are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes.
  • Thirdhand Smoke (THS) is the residual contaminant which collects on furniture, drapes, carpet, and even in the drywall of homes long after smoking has stopped.
  • Units that housed smoking tenants incur additional expenses to clean and repaint walls and replace carpets, flooring, countertops, drapes and fixtures damaged by cigarette burns or smoke exposure.
  • Adopting smoke-free multi-unit housing policies can save property managers and owners hundreds and even thousands of dollars in building maintenance and turnover.
  • Smoke-free policies not only reduce property damage and turnover costs, they may also reduce property insurance premiums by decreasing the chance of fire. Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths in Alaska and the United States.

Visit:

ALAA website
ASHP workgroup website
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