In a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the American Lung Association in Florida (ALA), Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC), and the Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH) Initiative, “A Breath of Fresh Air” Smoke-Free Housing Seminar educated, enlightened, and encouraged over 50 Broward property owners, managers, realtors and residents on the benefits of adopting smoke-free policies in multi–unit housing structures.
Matthew Competiello, Program Manager for the ALA in Florida, noted that prior to the seminar, 40 percent of the property managers and landlords were unsure how to begin implementation of smoke–free policies and concerned about the legality of such regulations. The seminar successfully addressed their concerns and more than 80 percent of the managers stated they would like to move forward with implementing smoke–free policies in their buildings. “Property managers, housing authorities, and private landlords came away knowing how to write their smoke–free policies more effectively, how to enforce the policy, and most importantly, the benefits of smoke–free housing – which are substantial.”
Handouts from the seminar are available online at TouchBroward.org/smokefreehousingseminar.