Tobacco-Free Multi-Unit Housing
Did You Know?
The tobacco industry heavily markets cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in rural communities. This makes it more likely that people in these communities will breathe in secondhand smoke at home.
The National Survey of Children’s Health found that rural residents are more likely to allow smoking in the presence of their children when compared to urban residents. (Source: Rural Health Information Hub. (2019). Rural Tobacco Control and Prevention Toolkit: Tobacco Use in Rural Areas.)
Populations with a lower socioeconomic status (SES) in rural communities are more likely to be living in multi-unit housing complexes (MUH), have higher smoking rates, and be affected by smoking in MUH. In 2017, approximately 9.8% of California adults between the ages of 18 to 64 reported being exposed to secondhand smoke in their home. (Source: California Department of Public Health. (2019) California Tobacco Facts And Figures 2019.)
There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. Secondhand smoke can travel through doorways, cracks in walls, electrical lines, ventilation systems and plumbing.
Secondhand Smoke Can Lead to Serious Health Conditions in Babies & Children Including:
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Severe asthma attacks
- Lung problems
- Ear infections
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