Promoting Smoke-free Multi-unit Dwellings in the Peterborough County-City Region


As smoke-free spaces have become the norm, the home has emerged as the most common site of exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS). In 2010, over 1.3 million non-smoking Canadians reported being regularly exposed to SHS in their home (Statistics Canada, 2011). To prevent exposure individual families can elect to make their own home smoke-free. A smoke-free policy in the home will not only protect individuals from exposure to SHS, but also increases the likelihood that individuals who smoke will reduce their consumption of cigarettes, make quit attempts and remain smoke-free (Mills, Messer, Gilpin & Pierce, 2009). While individuals living in multi-unit dwellings (MUDs), residential units that share a wall, ceiling or floor with another residential unit, can make their own units smoke-free, they may will be involuntarily exposed to SHS in their home if others within the building or complex smoke indoors or close to windows, air intakes or doors.

The Peterborough County-City Health Unit (PCCHU) identified smoke-free MUDs as a priority area of focus for their region. Consistent with the majority of work in this area, their focus is on encouraging local landlords and housing providers to develop policies for their buildings and complexes. This report highlights the strategies used by PCCHU staff to support the development of smoke-free housing options in the Peterborough region.

Date of Resource:2012/06/14
Target Audience:health practitioners
Topic:smoke-free MUDs, policy/bylaw development, protection from second-hand smoke


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Promoting smoke-free multi-unit dwellings in the Peterborough County-City Region: Summary 215 kb
Promoting smoke-free multi-unit dwellings in the Peterborough County-City Region: Full Report 845 kb
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