Reader's View: Smoke-free public housing should be universal
As someone who grew up in public housing, I cannot say enough about how thrilled I am to hear about the HUD-proposed rule to end smoking in public housing everywhere (Other View: “Welcome the end of cigarettes in public housing,” Nov. 23).
There is simply no reason why a child, or anyone else for that matter, who lives in subsidized housing should be exposed to the well-documented dangers and risks of secondhand smoke. Shared buildings mean shared ventilation and air. I’m proud to be part of a community that was a leader in the nation when the Duluth HRA went smoke-free in 2009. I’m also proud to have assisted even more apartments, both market-rate and subsidized, to opt for health and safety and become smoke-free.
Congratulations to all of the Statewide Health Improvement Programs working throughout our region that have helped make smoke-free housing and healthy homes a top priority and, we hope, the new normal for everyone.
The writer is director of tobacco control programs and policy for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.