The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is helping increase the number of multi-unit housing complexes that are smoke free. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to make public housing nationwide smoke free, and Lucas County already has made strides. The health department has helped more than 30 complexes go smoke-free, 29 of those through Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority and Vistula Management Company.
To help multi-unit complexes, we offer a variety of free services:
Research indicates residents of multi-unit housing complexes are at elevated risk for exposure to secondhand smoke, which can cause cancer, heart disease and other health conditions. Guests and staff also can be affected by secondhand smoke. Tobacco smoke can migrate among units through the walls, wiring, plumbing, and ventilation systems, and as well as underneath doors. Additionally, tobacco smoke can cause significant property damage and expense for owners. Costs to clean a smoke-damaged unit can be two to seven times more expensive than one vacated by a non-smoker.
Secondhand Smoke on Youth/Children and Tobacco Prevention Policies
Secondhand smoke contributes to 41,000 deaths among non-smoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year and children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for asthma, slowed lung growth, SIDS, and respiratory infections.
The main place children are exposed to secondhand smoke is at home. 25% of adults allow smoking inside their home according to the 2017 Lucas County Community Health Assessment. Smoking inside the home influences the youth. This year average age of onset for smoking was 12.5 years old.
If you are looking for an apartment complex, park or public places to go smoke free we have a program at the Health Department that meets with decision makers to improve policies, help with implementation and provide free signage.
Some places we have made smoke free or improved their policy: