Sun reporter Colin Campbell got an earful when he went to Perkins Homes to ask residents what they thought about the Department of Housing and Urban Development's plan to ban smoking in all of its public housing units and within 25 feet of its buildings. The smokers he talked to asked, in language more colorful than you find in the comments section of the Federal Register, how such a rule could possibly be enforced, what HUD could do about it if they caught you smoking and, generally, what right the agency has to tell you what to do in your own home. Good questions, all, and ones housing agencies in Baltimore and across the country will be grappling with in the months ahead.The rationale from HUD's perspective is pretty straightforward. It is a landlord, and it has to make cost-benefit calculations related to the policies it sets out in its leases. Establishing this rule won't be free. It involves re-writing leases, educating residents, enforcing the ban and, in some cases, expenses to create designated smoking areas outside the smoke-free envelope the regulation requires. But it also comes with substantial savings. Non-smoking apartments come with fewer maintenance and turnover costs, and fires associated with smoking are common and expensive. Meanwhile, about a third of HUD units are already non-smoking under a voluntary program, and managers there have reported that the costs of going smoke-free were less than anticipated. Read more......
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With the start of the new year, many will be making a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking. If this is your resolution, you’re not alone! Nearly 70 percent of smokers say they want to quit but only 7.4 percent are able to each year. You don’t ever have to go in to a quit attempt blind. Sites like BecomeAnEX.org offer a variety of resources to help you prepare. Plus, BecomeAnEX has a caring community of other smokers and former smokers lending their support to each other. Read more......Read more
The states are missing a golden opportunity to save millions of lives and billions of dollars in health care costs because they continue to shortchange proven programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. The report challenges states to do more to fight tobacco use – the nation’s No. 1 preventable cause of death – and help make the next generation tobacco-free. This year (fiscal year 2017), the states will collect $26.6 billion from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes. But they will spend less than two percent of it – just $491.6 million – on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, according to the annual report assessing state funding of such programs. The report – "Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement 18 Years Later" – was released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights and Truth Initiative. Read more... ...Read more
The youth smoking rate is now a record low 6 percent after dropping a full percentage point in just one year.Read more
The new number, released today in the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study, marks the lowest rate for students in eighth, 10th and 12th grades since tracking began more than 40 years ago. Cigarette smoking has now dropped 79 percent from its peak in 1997 when more than a quarter of young people smoked, underscoring the success of public education campaigns like Truth Initiative®’s truth® campaign, and programs from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.