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Debra Martin: Consider smoke-free policies

June 3, 2018

Editor:

Can secondhand smoke cause heart problems? For those living in apartment communities, it’s an important question since up to 65 percent of air (including secondhand smoke) is shared within a building.

May 31 marked the 2018 World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the link between tobacco (including secondhand smoke) and heart disease.

Interestingly, there is a link between secondhand smoke and cardiovascular disease.Non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke have a 25-30 percent increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. That’s why smoke-free policies are so important. A 2016 survey of Arizona renters found that seven in 10 renters would choose to live in a smoke-free apartment community over one that allows smoking. In fact, over 40% of renters would even be willing to pay a little more to live in a smoke-free apartment community.

Other benefits include reducing property damage, eliminating preventable causes of fire, and even reducing insurance premiums.

Arizona Smoke-Free Living Coalition provides support to adopt a smoke-free policy, free of charge. To learn more, visit www.AzSmokeFreeLiving.org.

Don’t forget that smoking can cause heart disease for non-smokers, too. For those who live in multi-family communities, the risk may be hidden right under their noses.

Debra Martin, community health education specialist, Mohave County Department of Public Health

Lake Havasu City