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Each year approximately 41,000 deaths result from secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmoking adults. In Los Angeles County more than one in three renters are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home. Those living in market rate multi-unit housing are at highest risk of exposure. Unlike protections against SHS available to public housing residents through HUD, there are few protections for residents in market rate multi-unit housing. These residents are disproportionately low income with limited access to housing, unable to move away from harm. Among the most vulnerable are Latino and African American families with children and seniors with chronic health conditions such as asthma that is made worse by exposure to SHS.
California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 56 to eliminate the tobacco epidemic. Additionally, projections show that smoking could be eliminated by 2035. As such, California’s Tobacco Control Program has aligned its goals and strategies to make California 100% smokefree. Yet the latest American Lung Association Tobacco Report Card gave LA an ‘F’ in smokefree housing. How can smokefree multi-unit housing be achieved for a smokefree Los Angeles? What are the opportunities, challenges, best practices and strategies needed?
The Summit is presented in partnership with S.A.F.E.-Smokefree Air for Everyone, Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health, Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, CD Tech, FAME Corporation, UCLA Center for Health Equity, American Heart Association, and American Cancer Society. Community members, advocates, tenants, and housing providers invested in public health outcomes and housing policy relating to secondhand smoke and multi-unit housing are invited.
This is an educational participatory forum for community members, advocates, experts, and stakeholders to engage around the issue of secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing and discuss the opportunities to create more equitable access to smokefree multi-unit housing in Los Angeles. Attendees will hear from public policy and health experts, housing providers, and community leaders on the state of smokefree housing in LA and will hear about best practices from cities that have adopted smokefree housing policies. Attendees will engage with peers and experts in breakout sessions to provide interactive learning opportunities. A resource fair highlighting resources available through community organizations will provide opportunities to learn and network with stakeholders and peers.
The Summit seeks to contribute to and provide momentum for the issues surrounding smokefree housing in Los Angeles. Our objective is for participants to leave equipped with the latest data and information concerning this very complex issue. More importantly, we seek to facilitate attendees collaboratively creating an agenda strategizing the next-steps to help protect communities from secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing.
All attendees are required to register here.
Tickets will not be available after June 5th.
Lunch will be served, parking is included.