Duluth's public-housing high-rises earn kudos for going smoke-freeHEALTH NOTES: Duluth’s public-housing high-rises earned a state nonprofit’s plaudits for going smoke-free.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Duluth’s public-housing high-rises earned a state nonprofit’s plaudits for going smoke-free.
The Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Authority and its executive director, Rick Ball, were presented with the Mission Leadership Award by the American Lung Association in Minnesota during a May 7 ceremony in the Twin Cities, the nonprofit announced.
All six high-rises subsidized by the housing authority — and their 752 units — went smoke-free by May 2011. The decision by the authority’s board in December 2009 followed a survey of the high-rise tenants that found 73 percent preferred smoke-free buildings and 78 percent said they could smell secondhand smoke coming into their units.
A Lung Association news release noted that Ball has worked with the nonprofit to make presentations, offer video testimony and advise other housing authorities around the state about going smoke-free.
It called Ball “a true champion for smoke-free policy and its
impact on the most vulnerable populations.”