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Monday, March 18, 2013

No Smoking: New Ban for St. Clair County Public Housing Units, Likely Start of a Trend

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Douglass says that these kinds of policies are aimed at reducing negative impacts from secondhand smoke.

"This is not telling people you can't smoke. You can smoke. We just don't want you to smoke inside the apartment or in common areas," says Douglass, adding, "You don't have to be a smoker to be affected by secondhand smoke."

The county decided to start with units that house the elderly because there are increased health risks there as well as greater potential for fires with more residents using oxygen tanks.

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Douglass says the county will be introducing this slowly "so we can educate the residents."

And in the survey to residents, on view below, officials also give smokers the opportunity to seek support in the process of quitting.

"If you need help quitting, let us try and help you," she says.

Here's the full survey.

Resident Letter - Smoking Ban

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