Monroe County Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Grant, funded through the Ohio Department of Health, has been working with managers and owners of multi-unit houses to implement a policy to provide smoke free housing to their residents. The policy may be for one or all of the buildings in the complex.
Program director Carol Hehr has been working with RLJ Management Company to adopt a smoke free policy at Monroe Manor. RLJ completed a total renovation of Monroe Manor in the fall of 2013 and after the renovations, adopted a smoke free policy for one of their buildings. Tenants now have the chance to live in a smoke free environment and have commented on how much they appreciate the managements’ decision.
Monroe Manor is the first apartment complex to adopt a smoke free policy in Monroe County, and Hehr will be working again with Monroe Manor and other multi-unit complexes in the county to provide information on smoke free policies.
Jodee Lude, Site Manager at Monroe Manor, already knows her property will benefit from the smoke free policy. “It’s amazing, and you don’t realize until you get into a renovation the damage smoke actually causes to a unit,” Lude said.
A sign was installed at the building Monroe Manor has designated smoke free. It was provided by the Ohio Department of Health.
To date, forty-seven properties in Ohio have gone smoke free, a trend that seems to be growing throughout Ohio.
The Monroe County Health Department has the following message about secondhand smoke and the importance of facilities going smoke free:
Everyone knows that smoking is harmful, but what many people do not realize is that secondhand smoke can also be extremely harmful to the health of non-smokers as well. Most exposure to secondhand smoke occurs in the home and workplace and can cause many long-lasting and debilitating illnesses or make breathing problems worse, especially in infants, children and older persons.