Fresno Apartment Communities Voluntarily Adopt Smoke-Free Policy
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Fresno Business Journal (07/01/13)
Three apartment communities in Fresno, Calif. -- Sequoia Gardens, Villas Margaritas, and Tower Court -- have voluntarily adopted a no-smoke policy recommended by the Fresno County Department of Public Health. Concern is not just based on smokers, the owners and managers say, but on the health risk of secondhand smoke.
Public officials are applauding the move. Leila Gholamrezaei-Eha, health educator for the Fresno County Department of Public Health Tobacco Prevention Program, states, "Policies that restrict smoking in apartment [communities] are not only good for the health of [residents], but they are also good for businesses. These polices can lower property insurance and reduce other operating costs." The Tobacco Prevention Program conducted a public opinion survey with apartment residents in three California cities -- Fresno, Clovis, and Sanger. The research determined that 58 percent of the participants have had secondhand smoke drift into their rental unit either from outside or from another apartment. Program officials are working with apartment owners and managers to adopt and implement smoke-free polices. Support for smoke-free apartments appears to be growing in Fresno and elsewhere.
Frances Echavarria, manager of the Villas Margaritas apartment community, concluded, "I adopted a smoke-free policy for my apartment [community] because I don't like how secondhand smoke affects non-smokers. The subject is dear to my heart because I have lost loved ones to secondhand smoke."
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