Re: Smoke-free Multi-unit housing in Duarte


To whom it may concern:


Secondhand smoke is an ongoing public health concern that puts everyone at risk, and while the State of California and the City of Duarte have made great progress to eliminate exposure in public and outdoor areas, residents living in multi-unit housing still face risks.

Secondhand smoke is the third-leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and increases the risks of lung and heart disease, as well as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In Los Angeles County, 24 percent of adults are exposed to secondhand smoke between one to six days per week, whereas 14 percent are exposed daily.

The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that eliminating smoking in multi-unit housing is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers. 
Outdoor areas, residents living in multi-unit housing still face risks. 
According to The Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing, 51 jurisdictions in California have adopted laws prohibiting smoking in multi-unit housing, including 16 Los Angeles County jurisdictions: El Monte, Manhattan Beach, Culver City, Glendale, Santa Monica, Huntington Park, Baldwin Park, Pasadena, South Pasadena, and Calabasas. 
We want to see Duarte join these other cities in living smoke-free. Breathing in secondhand smoke that drifts in from neighboring units, balconies, and outdoor areas is an ongoing health problem in Duarte. Allegra Consulting has partnered with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department to change tobacco-related social norms and protect Duarte residents from exposure.

supports this campaign and public health interventions focused on policy as well as  systemic and environmental changes in: 
1) Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke for all Duarte residents; 
2) Limiting tobacco promoting influences and reducing tobacco exposure to youth; 
3) Improving overall indoor air quality for Duarte residents living in multi-unit homes. 
Allegra Consulting has been greatly involved in educating our community and youth about the dangers of secondhand smoke participating in several community events, conducted one-on-one meetings with residents to gain support for this campaign, collected public opinion surveys with over 900 Duarte residents, facilitated key informant interviews with community members, joined several local organizations, conducted educational presentations and facilitated several coalition meetings. 
Based on the data collected by Allegra Consulting, 96 percent of Duarte residents surveyed support a law that bans smoking in multi-unit housing. Duarte residents deserve smoke-free housing and we support Allegra Consulting in this campaign. 

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