State promotes smoke-free multi-unit housing

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 22, 2014 8:10 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The state Department of Health is encouraging apartment complexes to go smoke-free.

Judy Ochs, director of the Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control, says smoke-free multi-unit housing helps reduce the negative consequences of second-hand smoke on families and children.

"This is a wonderful program, it's growing and this is timely because we are all inside," she says. "This is an important health initiative."

The Health Department recently recognized the Sunbury Housing Authority in Northumberland County for implementing smoke-free policies at two of its properties.

It says apartment complexes in 38 counties have already adopted similar policies.

Last month's Surgeon General's Report notes smoking is still the nation's leading preventable cause of death and disease.

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