MWSmokeFreeWindowCling0314We know that when smoking is discouraged, people are healthier.  And that any exposure to second hand smoke is dangerous.  That’s why MountainWise is proud to partner with HiTop ASSIST to host a breakfast listen and learn for multi-unit housing managers and owners, and community partners. By providing information and support to managers and owners we believe that we can help them make the healthy choice the easy choice, thereby strengthening our community.

This free session will include the following presentations:

  • Perspectives from the Field
    A panel of local property managers & owners to
    discuss their experiences managing smoke-free units.
    Discussion about the fire hazards of smoking in multiunit
    housing with local fire fighter.
  • Scott Alderman, President of the Landura Companies, on the business advantages of going smoke-free
  • Anna Stein, MPH,JD of the Community Transformation Grant Project will give a lawyers perspective on the legalities of going smoke-free.

Plus – you’ll have the chance to network & mingle with other participants, and participate in a Q&A.

Smoke-free policies reduce maintenance and turnover costs, and are quickly becoming the industry standard. Secondhand smoke affects all housing residents and employees, including nonsmokers, the elderly, children, and those with asthma. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, which kills about 50,000 adults in the U.S. each year.

HiTop ASSIST works to improve the health of North Carolina residents by promoting smoke-free environments and tobacco-free lifestyles.  HiTop ASSIST hopes to build the capacity of diverse organizations and communities to implement and carry out effective, culturally appropriate strategies to reduce deaths and health problems due to tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

The Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, April 8th from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Jackson County Library located at 310 Keener Street in Sylva, NC. Breakfast will be provided and space is limited so please register here by no later than Tuesday, April 1st.