Smoke and chemicals (such as fragrances, air “fresheners”, laundry products, pesticides, and other VOCs) do not respect property lines as they travel throughout space, often making others quite sick, even disabling them in their own homes. This is especially a problem in multi-unit housing, and where housing units are built close together.
This is also a very serious accessibility issue for people with MCS/ES, as there are few affordable housing options available, and most of these put people at risk of further harm due to indoor air pollution issues, despite HUD and other federal agencies in the US and Canada recognizing MCS/ES as a disability that needs to be accommodated.
The following webinar is about addressing smoke, but the issues are applicable to other forms of indoor air pollutants as well. It should also be available as a podcast later.
For those of you who are interested and able, the webinar is being offered on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT by the Asthma Community Network
Breathing Easy at Home: Partnering to Increase Smoke-Free Policies in Federally Assisted Housing
WEBINAR ON SMOKE-FREE POLICIES IN FEDERALLY ASSISTED HOUSING
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2015, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT followed by an online discussion with speakers 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT.
The webinar Breathing Easy at Home: Partnering to Increase Smoke-Free Policies in Federally Assisted Housing will feature speakers from advocacy associations, health departments and housing commissions, who will discuss the national momentum towards smoke-free policies in federally subsidized housing and the collaborations that helped make them possible. Presentations will focus on successful programs and partnerships and the health disparities that motivated their implementation.
Participants will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to implement smoke-free policies in housing. The presentations will demonstrate best practices and examples of successful collaborations between Public Housing Authorities and public health programs. These collaborative approaches can be replicated and adopted by smoke-free advocates everywhere in the nation.
The webinar will take place on August 5, 2015, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT, and will be followed by an online discussion with the speakers from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT.
Register Today: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/27105528377129473
Given the impressive outreach of our collective networks, we have a wonderful opportunity to help public health programs across the country successfully advocate for smoke-free policies in federally assisted housing.
Thank you in advance for forwarding information about this exciting event. We hope you will be able to join us!
U.S. EPA, Indoor Environments Division
Thanks to Mary for sharing this information via email:
Mary Lamielle, Executive Director
National Center for Environmental Health Strategies, Inc.
Recipient of a 2012 Camden County Freedom Medal, a 2011 New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Award, and a 2010 US EPA Region 2 Environmental Quality Award
After August 5, 2015, the podcast should eventually be available at this site, along with the others they have offered:
Here’s to healthy air quality for everyone!
can anyone tell me why VFW’s and American legions are allowed to smoke when many of their members all veterans have trouble with COPD and Agent orange, and trouble breathing?
No idea. Perhaps the Legions can answer that?