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Our Smoke-free Housing Work in Alaska

The American Lung Association in Alaska advocates for and assists with
implementation of smoke-free housing policies throughout the state.
We believe that everyone has the right to breathe clean air, especially at home

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

• There is great disparity in tobacco use among diverse Alaskan populations. Tobacco use, in particular cigarette smoking, affects those who do not participate in its consumption. Smoke-free policies have been shown to not only improve peoples’ health, but also decrease business costs for insurance, cleaning, maintenance and turnover. Smoke-free policies also decrease the chance of fire. Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths in Alaska and the United States.

• Secondhand smoke (SHS) is responsible for at least 3,000 lung cancer deaths and 46,000 heart disease deaths each year.

• Children exposed to SHS are more likely to suffer from pneumonia, bronchitis, and other lung disease.

• SHS contains more than 7,000 chemicals of which more than 60 are carcinogenic.

• In Alaska, approximately 9,560 children experience SHS exposure in their homes.

Thirdhand Smoke (THS) is the residue that collects on furniture, drapes, carpet, and even in the drywall of homes long after smoking has stopped.

OUR GOALS

Many Alaskans prefer living in smokefree environments but currently only a small percentage do. Therefore, our goals are to:
1) Increase the demand for and prevalence of smoke-free housing across Alaska.
2) Protect the health of all Alaskans by eliminating secondhand smoke in the home.
3) Collaborate with partners to develop a statewide network, supporting individuals pursuing smoke-free environments in Alaska.

OUR STRATEGIES

1) Educate landlords, property managers/owners, real estate agents, public housing authorities, Alaska Native housing authorities, community leaders and health professionals about the advantages of smoke-free housing (i.e. health hazards, economic benefits).
2) Educate and assist renters who are experiencing secondhand smoke exposure in their home.
3) Support and assist property managers, public health advocates and residents in their efforts to adopt and implement comprehensive smoke-free policies (e.g. assist resident meetings, provide signage, help with policy language, etc.).
4) Develop and maintain a housing directory to highlight multi-unit rental properties in Alaska that offer smoke-free options for residents.</div>

About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. We focus on these strategic imperatives; to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. Learn more about the American Lung Association in Alaska >>

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