Environmental Justice Tobacco Prevention Advocates

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                                          SOLANO COUNTY TOBACCO INHIBITORS (SCTI)

 

There is currently no smoke-free multi-unit housing in the city of Vallejo, a disturbing fact that impacts the quality of life for everyone currently living  in multi-unit housing in the city of Vallejo, but particularly youth, older residents and infants.  We want a city ordinance for smoke-free multi-unit housing in the city of Vallejo.  And with the support of our community, we are organizing for clean air and health communities for every Vallejo residents.

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According to the CDC, Housing Remains a Major Source of Secondhand Smoke Exposure for Children

  • Children still have a higher prevalence of secondhand smoke exposure than adults, and most are exposed in the home. In 2019, an estimated 6.7 million (25.3%) of middle and high school students reported secondhand smoke exposure in the home.

  • Children who live in multi-unit housing are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke.

    • An estimated 80 million people—or 25% of the population—in the United States live in multi-unit housing.

    • Among children who live in homes in which no one smokes indoors, those children living in multi-unit housing such as apartments or condos have 45% higher cotinine levels than children living in single-family homes.

    • Even when no one in the unit smokes, secondhand smoke can filter into other units via hallways, stairwells, and ventilation systems.

    • Secondhand smoke exposure during 2013-2014 was higher among people who rented (38.6% their homes than those who owned their homes (19.2%)

  • Policies prohibiting smoking in housing, coupled with cessation information, could encourage people who smoke to quit, and thereby reduce secondhand smoke exposure.