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Iowa Community Transformation

Tobacco Free Living

What's the point in living a tobacco free life?

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  • Secondhand smoke can lead to lung cancer and heart disease in adults, and to serious health problems in children.
  • Tobacco smoke can move through walls, ductwork, windows, and ventilation systems and potentially affect residents in other units far removed from the smoking area.
  • Tobacco toxins may stay on surfaces in the indoor environment well beyond the time of actually smoking.
  • Third hand smoke is extra tobacco smoke contamination that remains after a cigarette, cigar, hookah or pipe has been extinguished. It can be dangerous because it contains gases and small particles that are deposited on every surface they come in contact with.
  • Reducing nonsmokers' exposure to secondhand smoke can prevent disease and save lives.

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Let's make a change...

Quitline Iowa

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Using proven techniques developed and tested over the past 25 years, Quitline has helped hundreds of thousands of people successfully quit tobacco. Services are free and participants are given expert support through a Quit Coach® who can help create a personalized plan to quit, a quit guide, and if eligible, quitting aids to help them succeed.

Voluntary Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing

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Benefits from voluntary Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing policies:

  • Creates an advantage for property owners as a growing number of tenants and owners are seeking smoke-free housing
  • Decreases negative health results associated with smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Decreases building maintenance costs
  • Decreases fire risks
  • Positive modeling:multi-unit housing developments are often highly visible within a community
  • Encourages other community members to consider a similar change. May reduce youth initiations through positive modeling behavior