Smoke Free Workplaces
In 2014, St. Joseph County lost 55 lives to premature death and $89.2 million in medical costs, attributed to secondhand smoke. Although the City of South Bend – the county seat and largest municipality – passed a comprehensive ordinance in 2016, the balance of the county has weak and ineffective rules. Working to educate elected representatives in Mishawaka and St. Joseph County councils, we seek a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance to protect all workers from secondhand smoke exposure.
Smoke Free Schools
Indiana has made substantial progress toward reducing smoking among Hoosier youth. However, an estimated 3,700 young people in Indiana become new daily smokers each year, unless smoking rates continue to decrease, an estimated 151,000 people currently under age 18 will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. To prevent exposure to secondhand smoke and the normalization of tobacco and vaping use among youth, we work to with school board members, staff, parents, students and other community members to support comprehensive smoke free campuses.
Smoke Free Housing
The opportunity to live in a smoke free home is a choice everyone should have. Unfortunately, for those who live in multi-family buildings, such as apartments and condominiums, breathing secondhand smoke from neighboring units is a real health problem. Dangerous at any level, secondhand smoke often times seeps into neighboring units through cracks in the walls, ventilation systems, and open windows. Landlords and property owners have the legal right to make their rental properties smoke free.