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Apartment dwellers often subjected to neighbors' tobacco smoke
Date:4/29/2012

istant professor of pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine. "This exposure could put children at risk for respiratory diseases and illness if it is persistent or if the child has a significant respiratory illness such as asthma or cystic fibrosis."

"A smoke-free building protects the shared indoor air that all residents, including infants and children, are forced to breathe. Every parent needs to hear about this research because it could be their infant or child who is exposed next," said Jonathan P. Winickoff, MD, MPH, FAAP, associate professor in pediatrics, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Boston.

Residents receiving government housing subsidies also were more likely to smell smoke.

"Options for such housing are limited, and residents forced to experience smoke exposure in their buildings may not have the option to move to a smoke-free complex," Dr. Wilson added.

Partial measures, such as limiting common area smoking, appeared to be ineffective at protecting nonsmokers from exposure in their own units. As long as smoking was allowed in the individual units of a building, higher rates of exposure were reported. Only completely smoke-free buildings were associated with lower incursion rates.

"This finding supports grassroots efforts by multi-unit housing resident groups, apartment managers and owners to make buildings smoke-free for the comfort, health and safety of their residents, and because of the far lower costs associated with managing nonsmoking apartments," Dr. Wilson concluded.


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Contact: Susan Stevens Martin
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American Academy of Pediatrics
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