Donate  |  Contact NVRH  |  Directions  |  Home
Community & Wellness Resources
Wellness Calendar
Community Health Fund Information
Blueprint/Medical Home
Community Connections
Local Wellness Resources
Community Partner Links
NVRH Medical Library
Health Information Links
Fit and Healthy Coalition
Palliative Resouces
Depression Information
Community Health Needs Assessment
Vermont Health Connect
print this page
tell a friend

Secondhand Smoke: What is it, Why is it a Problem, and What Are the Advantages of Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

 
On Thursday, October 25th from 5:00-6:30PM Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital’s Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Taskforce and Gilman Housing Authority are hosting a second community forum with residents at Mtn. View Apartments to raise awareness of the benefits of smoke-free housing. Is smoke-free housing an initiative they support? What are their concerns about such a policy? How can we work together to protect residents’ health and reduce the risks to Gilman Housing, making Mtn. View a community where all parties are invested in creating healthy homes?
 
Secondhand smoke is a Group A carcinogen- a substance known to cause cancer in humans for which there is no safe level of exposure. It is more deadly than vehicle exhaust, arsenic, lead, and asbestos. It is the third leading cause of preventable death in the US, killing up to 55,000 non-smokers each year; that’s one non-smoker for every eight smokers the tobacco industry kills.
 
Infants, children, and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of secondhand smoke.  Children exposed in the home are 44% more likely to suffer from Asthma. Exposure to secondhand smoke has been linked to lung cancer, heart disease, sinus infections, SIDS and dementia in older adults. It is of particular concern to elderly and disabled persons, especially those with heart or respiratory disease or disorders such as emphysema, asthma, COPD, cardiovascular disease, or allergies. As little as 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke has been found to trigger heart attacks in older persons with pre-existing heart conditions.
 
In 2007, almost 78% of U.S. households had rules against smoking in their home, up from 43% in 1993. However, smoking still occurs in many households and remains a major source of secondhand smoke exposure. In multi-unit housing facilities, smoke-free policies can play an important role in protecting residents from secondhand smoke that can infiltrate from units into common areas and other units through air ducts, cracks in floors and walls, stairwells, hallways, elevator shafts, plumbing, electrical lines, and open windows. No ventilation system is effective in removal of toxins; up to 65% of air is still exchanged between units. “At present, the only means of effectively eliminating health risk associated with indoor exposure is to ban smoking activity.” - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers, 2005.
 
Fires caused by smoking are the leading cause of residential fire deaths. Smoke-free policies in multiunit housing protect tenants’ health and protect owners’ investment. Smoking causes cigarette burn damage to carpets and counters and it leaves residue on walls and curtains. According to the Smoke-Free Housing New England, 2009 report the cost to rehabilitate a unit where smoking is allowed is upwards of $3,500.00 versus under $600 for a non-smoking unit. Landlords also may benefit from smoke-free policies by discounts on property-casualty insurance and reduced liability. A larger share of the market want smoke-free housing, because it makes it easier to rent. 
 
For more information about secondhand smoke or the meeting at Mtn. View Apartments, contact Rose Sheehan at 748-7532.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Dr. Annick-Marie V. Kaufman, MD and General Surgeon Joins NVRH Surgical Group

Raising Funds to Support Maternity Hospital in West Ghana in Memory of Sue Hoffman, CNM

Dr. Amanda Van Straten is New Full Time Neurologist

Paula Gaskin Wins 2014 Dr. John Elliott Community Service Award

NVRH Laboratory Passes Rigorous Regulatory Requirements

NVRH Awards 4 $1,000 Scholarships

Women's Wellness Center Achieves Rural Health Clinic Certification

Jim Coulson, MT, HEM is NVRH's New Infection Control and Compliance Officer

Karyn Patno, MD is First Pediatrician in Vermont to Receive National Board Certification in Child Abuse

Paul Bengtson to Lead American Hospital's Association Section for Small or Rural Governing Council

A New Year's Letter from Paul Bengtson

NVRH Awards Four Community Health Fund Grants

NVRH Holds Annual Meeting

Seleem R. Choudhury, MSN, MBA, RN, CEN is New Chief Nursing Officer

Pain Management Clinic Opens at NVRH

Sarit Shatken-Stern, CNM, MS Joins the Women's Wellness Center

Anne M. O'Connor, MD Joins the Women's Wellness Center

NVRH to Convert to Clean Compressed Natural Gas

NVRH Opens Palliative Care Services With Newly Certified Physicians

NVRH Awards Dr. John Elliott Community Service Award

Hilairy DeBlois Receives NVRH’s Coveted Bev Moffatt Scholarship Award

NVRH Urologist, Dr. Andrew Nisbet, Achieves National Board Certification

Leah Rexford, BSN, RN, CNOR Earns Perioperative Registered Nurse Certification

New Surgical Group Formed

NVRH Announces New Director of Laboratory Services

Kirby Quilters Display Timeless Craftwork at NVRH Gray Gallery

NVRH Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (A.T.O.D.) Prevention Taskforce Praises Eastern Main Market Deli

Healthy Snack Ideas For The Holidays

NVRH Circle of Care Cancer Boutique Award Receives Award

Prevention Research Center Receives Community Based Participatory Research Award

Joyce Dobbertin, MD, DC is Named Physician of the Year by Vermont Medical Society

Joanne O'Hare RN, is First Pediatric Sexual Abuse Nurse Examiner in the NEK

Secondhand Smoke: What is it, Why is it a Problem, and What Are the Advantages of Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing?

NVRH Birth Center Receives Award

NVRH Hospital Report Card Public Meeting on Monday, 9/24/12 at 6:00 pm.

Josh Gleiner, PA-C Is a Welcome Addition to the NVRH Hospitalist Program

Lory Grimes, RN, MEd, Named New Director of Physician Practices

NVRH Recognized for Safety Efforts

2012 Recognition Dinner -- 40 Years Serving The Community

Angela Williamson Garners Dr. John Elliott Community Service Award

FLEK and NVRH Win Big

NVRH Recognized for Safety Issues

FLEK and NVRH Win Big in National Advertising Awards

NVRH Birth Center Implements Sophisticated Perinatal System

Mindy Warren is New Birth Center Director

NVRH Birth Center Implements Sophisticated Perinatal System

Corner Medical Recognized as a Medical Home

NVRH Joins UVM Medication Management Pilot

NVRH Corner Medical Welcomes Brigitte F. Dargis, MD

Kingdom Internal Medicine Opens in Their New Location

Abby Pollender Named Chaplain at NVRH

NVRH Names Main Hospital Building for Gregory Rubin Reynolds

NVRH Chapel is Re-dedicated to Father Mel Richardson

Dr. Tim Thompson Retires After Practicing Medicine for 38 Years

Medical Home Recognition for St Johnsbury Pediatrics

NVRH Cardiology Services Now Available Four Days A Week

Dr. Karyn Patno Receives Award

From the Caledonian Record Headline: Former NVRH Worker Charged With Selling Drugs

St. Johnsbury Medical Offices Way Ahead in Healthcare Reform

Dr. Gailyn Thomas Joins Womens Wellness

Dr. Terry Larsen, General Surgeon, Joins NVRH Medical Staff

Dr. Andrew Nisbet, Urologist, Joins NVRH Medical Staff

Keep Up To Date On The Latest H1N1 Information

NVRH Laboratory Passes Rigorous Re-accreditation

Mammography Department Earns Re-certification

Dr. Martin Walko Earns Recertification By the American Board of Surgery

NVRH Salutes Peter Crosby

2010 Nominations for the John Elliott Community Service Award

Seasonal Flu Vaccine - Quick Facts

Who Gets A Flu Shot This Year?

New Neurologist, Dr. Justin Mowchun, Joins NVRH

Dr. Krista Haight Joins Eye Associates of Northern New England

Bed Bugs - Prevention and Treatment

Dr. Justin Mowchun, Neurologist, Joins NVRH Medical Staff

Fit and Healthy Survey

NVRH Care Managers Earn Gold Standard

CenteringPregnancy Program Earns National Certification

Day Surgery Department Earns Recognition

NVRH and Palliative Care

Improving Care in the NVRH Emergency Department

Vermont Tech, Lyndon State College, and NVRH to Collaborate on Nursing Program

NVRH Birth Center Reinstates VBACs

First Vermont Primary Care Offices Recognized as Medical Homes

Dr. Kantrowitz Starts at St. J Pediatrics

NVRH Campus Goes Tobacco Free January 1, 2009

NVRH Cafeteria Takes the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge

NVRH Receives Governor's Award

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
PO Box 905 1315 Hospital Drive
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819
802 748-8141
TDD(for the hearing impaired) 802-748-8481
Contact NVRH   |   Directions   |   Join Our Team   |   Site Map   |   Privacy Notice   |   Home
© 2014 NVRH. All Rights Reserved.
Designed & Powered by Cambium Group, LLC