Providing Access to Smoke-free Rental Housing to all Springfield Residents
Cardiovascular disease, lung disease and mental illness were identified as the three priority health issues in the Springfield Community in the 2016 Ozarks Health Commission Regional Health Assessment. These issues have a profound impact on the health of Springfield residents. Tobacco use is a key risk factor in the development of these diseases and the single most important and modifiable risk factor.
Even if you don't smoke, if you live in an apartment building with smokers, you're at risk. Breathing secondhand smoke increases a nonsmoker’s risk of developing coronary heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and stroke by 20 to 30%. Secondhand smoke (SHS) has many serious health threats to children and adults. SHS exposure contributes to chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer in adults and increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma attacks, ear infections and respiratory infections in children.
Smoke-free housing provides health, safety and economic benefits to occupants as well as property managers and owners.