Smoke Free Apartments to be Discussed at May 20 Community Forum

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cigarette-buttOn Wednesday, May 20, the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will host a Smoke Free Apartments Community Forum from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the John Parr Health Enhancement Center at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach.

The Forum is co-sponsored by the Coalition for a Smoke Free Long Beach, Families in Good Health, the American Cancer Society Long Beach Harbor Southeast Unit, and the Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma.

“The idea for this Forum was created as a result of the many calls that the Health Department has received from distressed tenants who don’t know what to do about the smoke drifting into their apartments from other places in their building,“ said Peggy Preacely, Coordinator for the Department’s Tobacco Control Programs.

The Smoke Free Apartments Community Forum will foster a dialogue among community organizations, landlords, and tenants about how to address the problem of drifting secondhand smoke in multi-unit apartment buildings.  The meeting will also introduce ways to increase smoke free living options in Long Beach.  Resources on how tenants can work with landlords to make their apartment buildings smoke free will be available.

Interested persons or organizations are encouraged to attend this informative event and learn how to be protected from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke in apartment buildings or other multi-unit dwellings.  For more information or to RSVP, please call The Tobacco Control Programs at (562) 570-7950.

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