of Health Encourages Multi-unit Housing Properties Statewide to go Smoke Free
an event today at the Sunbury Housing Authority, Northumberland County, Secretary
of Health Michael Wolf encouraged multi-unit housing properties across the
commonwealth to incorporate smoke free policies. Wolf applauded the Sunbury
Housing Authority for recently implementing smoke free policies at two of its
indoor living communities.
more than ever it is critical to establish strong relationships with our
community partners and continue to find ways to make changes that will
positively impact the health status of our communities,” Wolf said. “This
initiative is a perfect example of what happens when this occurs. Changes are
being implemented at the local level with the support of the state and are
resulting in positive outcomes for all members in the community and, it’s all
being done with little to no cost.”
is following national trends of promoting smoke free, multi-unit housing to
decrease health consequences of secondhand smoke on residents, families and
children. Cessation services to quit smoking are also offered to assist
residents in improving their own health and complying with the new policies.
housing properties in at least 38 counties across the commonwealth have adopted
smoke free policies and this list continues to grow. Secondhand smoke, which is
extremely dangerous, has been proven to drift between units resulting in a
health hazard for renters and staff.
goal is to encourage all multi-unit housing properties to get on board. These
changes will not only benefit the residents and visitors by creating a smoke
free environment, they will also help minimize renovation costs for building
management and owners,” Wolf said.
to the Surgeon General’s Report released earlier this month, smoking remains
the leading preventable cause of death and disease nationwide. Additionally,
research continues to identify diseases that can be caused by smoking such as colorectal
and liver cancers, diabetes mellitus and rheumatoid arthritis, proof that smoking
is even more harmful than previously thought. While the report indicates that we
have made great strides fighting the tobacco epidemic, it overwhelmingly
reinforces that comprehensive tobacco control programs and policies have been
proven to be effective.
For any individual trying to become
smoke free, the department offers the Pennsylvania free “Quitline” at
800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669), where trained coaches develop and carry out a plan
to quit smoking for each caller.
The service offers Pennsylvania residents
one-on-one coaching, free nicotine replacement therapy in the form of patches,
lozenges or gum and provides ongoing support and resources.
Tysarczyk or Holli Senior, 717-787-1783