Guest Post: Arizona Smoke-Free Living Launches Coalition, Website

Mary Kurth is the COPD Collaborative Program Director for the American Lung Association in Arizona

Mary Kurth is the COPD Collaborative Program Director for the American Lung Association in Arizona

Arizona is taking another much-needed step forward in preventative health care. The American Lung Association in Arizona is proud to take part in a new initiative called Arizona Smoke-Free Living with a mission to empower Arizona communities to live smoke-free.

Did you know up to 65% of air in apartment buildings is shared? Think about how that might unknowingly affect apartment residents who live near smokers. Secondhand smoke travels between units through cracks, under doors, through electrical outlets, vents, pipes, shared walls, drywall and more.

People of all ages and backgrounds can be affected by secondhand smoke, but older adults and children especially are at increased risk for health problems including heart attack in seniors and slow lung growth in children.

Arizona Smoke-Free Living is a coalition comprised of health organizations and community advocates striving to create smoke-free living options for all Arizonans, including the American Lung Association, Tobacco Free Arizona, American Cancer Society/Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, Maricopa County Public Health, Arizonans Concerned about Smoking, TCDC, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Native Health and Tiempo Development and Management.

The coalition will have provide the knowledge and resources needed to work with both property managers and residents to accomplish the goal of creating smoke-free living environments available to everyone, regardless socioeconomics. Breathing smoke-free air is critical to the health of all people in Arizona, and evidence shows there are significant financial advantages for property owners who adopt no-smoking rules.

We are very excited to launch the Arizona Smoke-Free Living coalition, and encourage you to get involved! For more information, please visit our web site at www.AzSmokeFreeLiving.org.

One Response to Guest Post: Arizona Smoke-Free Living Launches Coalition, Website

  1. Helen A says:

    It is good that you launched Arizona Smoke-Free Living coalition. For example I am an experienced smoker and I tried to quit smoking several times. It is very hard for me to refuse from smoking and now i do smoke again…

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