Smoke Free News for October 2014
In this issue:
- Big Win For Dodge County
- “Lunch and Learn” for Landlords
- Minnesota Could Save Over $7 Million a Year
On Tuesday, September 23rd, the Dodge County Commissioners unanimously passed two new policies to address the sale and use of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes. Sagar Chowdhury, Dodge County Health Educator, has been working on this ordinance since early June. He and Peggy Espy, Dodge County Public Health Director, gave a presentation to the commissioners on July 8th about adding the changes and new ordinance.
Click here to see a map showing other Minnesota counties and cities that have prohibited the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.
These updates are to help prevent teenagers from picking up this harmful habit and also to comply to the state’s policies.
This was a great win for Dodge County residents. The Four Corners Partnership staff in Goodhue, Rice, and Steele counties will continue to reach out to city councils and county boards to work with them to update and strengthen their tobacco licensing ordinance and to adopt a clean indoor air ordinance.
|“Lunch and Learn” for Landlords|
Are smoke-free policies legal?
These are just some of the questions that were answered by the two guest speakers at our Smoke-Free Housing Workshop held at the Hubbell House Restaurant in Mantorville on September 25th (photo above). This was the third in a series of four workshops that we are hosting this year. We know that property manager and owners are busy people, so these one-hour workshops are in a “Lunch and Learn” format.
We have been very fortunate to be able to bring two expert guest speakers to all four of these events:
Our “Lunch and Learns” are packed with information and feature great food! Enjoy lunch on us while you learn.
Are you thinking about implementing a smoke-free policy?
Already have a smoke-free policy, but still have questions?
Don’t miss our next “Lunch and Learn” in Faribault:
There is no cost for the workshop or the lunch, but registration is required. To register, please call Tracy Ackman-Shaw at Rice County Public Health (507) 332-5921. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity - register today!
Almost $500 Million Could be Saved Annually by Making U.S. Subsidized Housing Smoke-free
Minnesota Could Save Over $7 Million a Year
Projected cost savings for government housing authorities.
Prohibiting smoking in all government subsidized housing in the United States, including public housing owned or operated by a government housing authority, would save an estimated $497 million per year in health care and housing-related costs, according to a CDC study published in Preventing Chronic Disease. Here is a breakdown of annual cost in the U.S.
The study is the first of its kind to estimate the annual cost savings that would result from making subsidized housing smoke-free in each state. Those cost savings range from $580,000 in Wyoming to $125 million in New York. The total cost caused by smoking in subsidized housing in Minnesota is estimated to be $7.13 million a year. This breaks down to $4.14 million in health care costs, $2.24 million in renovation expenses and $750,000 in fire losses.
“This important study is further evidence that smoke-free policies are a win-win. They not only protect the public’s health, but also save significant sums of money,” said Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., Director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “Prohibiting smoking in subsidized housing eliminates one of the leading disparities related to secondhand smoke exposure, as children, the elderly, the disabled and low-income Americans are disproportionately affected.”
To read more, visit http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p1002-smoke-free-housing.html
Billboard on Highway 14, just west of Kasson.
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June 2014 - read newsletter
- Share walls, not smoke!
- Enter Our Contest and Win!
- New Laws Passed in MN for Smoke-Free Foster Care and to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes
- Two HRA’s Going Smoke-Free on July 1
- Smoke-Free Housing Workshops Held in Owatonna and Cannon Falls
January 2014 - read newsletter
- Four Corners Partnership Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the 1st Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health
- Crossroads Townhomes in Dodge Center Ring in the New Year Smoke-Free
- Smoke-Free Housing Workshop in Mantorville
Southside Apartments in Lonsdale are Smoke-Free
- Meet Sagar Chowdhury:New Four Corners Coordinator for Dodge County
- Four Corners Partnership Hosts Smoke-Free Housing Workshops
- Gateway Apartments Celebrate New Smoke-Free Policy
- Something to Celebrate in Kasson
- Survey Says: Strengthen Protection for Youth
- Meet Andrea Kronbach
- Living with Secondhand Smoke - A Mother's Story
- Meet Gina Johnson
- Four Corners Partnership Now Has Two Sources of Funding
- Meet Amy Roggenbuck
- Growing Momentum at State Capitol for Tobacco Tax Increase
- Two “Little Cigar” Bills Introduced in State Senate
- Day at the Capitol - April 18 Your Voice Matters!
- Dodge County Rental Properties to be 100% Smoke-Free
- Smoke-Free Housing Lunch and Learn for Property Managers and Landlords
- Four Corners Partnership Awarded New Grant from MDH
- Steele County Adopts Smoke-Free Foster Care Policy
- New Minnesota Legislature May Create Opportunity to Raise it for Health
- Tobacco is Still a Big Problem in Minnesota
- Working with Cities and Counties to Update and Strengthen Local Tobacco Licensing Laws
- Owatonna Retailers Support Keeping Youth Tobacco-Free and Helping Smokers to Quit
- Four Corners Partnership Infographic Wins National Contest
- Smoke-Free Laws Save Lives
- Smoke-Free Foster Care: The Duty to Protect