Leading Tobacco Control News – American Lung Association
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Releases Toolkits to Help Public Housing Authorities Protect Residents from Secondhand Smoke
On June 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released toolkits to provide residents and managers of federally funded public and multifamily housing units with resources on how to create healthier housing, by reducing residential exposure to secondhand smoke. The release was announced during a press conference with officials from HUD, the Department of Health and Human Services, the American Lung Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Residents of public housing are one of the most vulnerable populations due to their inability generally to move to healthier environments that are free of smoke.
A January 2011 Pediatrics study found that among children who live in households where no one smokes inside, those who live in apartments have a 45% increase in cotinine levels (a common marker of tobacco smoke exposure), compared with children who lived in detached homes. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have respiratory illnesses, middle ear infections, asthma, and sudden infant death syndrome.
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