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BreatheEasy Georgia Homes: Smoke-Free Housing Is More Important Than Ever!

As you take preventive measures and look for guidance on protecting your multifamily communities from COVID-19 as Georgia begins to reopen, BreatheEasy Georgia Homes is committed to helping you protect your residents’ health through the adoption of smoke-free policies. You can also get recognized for your efforts if you already provide a smoke-free environment!

In addition to the cost-savings of eliminating smoking on your properties, creating a smoke-free environment is especially important at this time. Exposure to the particulate matter, toxins, and carcinogens of tobacco smoke diminish lung function, increasing susceptibility to infectious, respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 [1, 2]. Additionally, smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) can cause health problems such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer, or other illnesses [3, 4], and individuals with these chronic conditions are at higher risk for developing more serious cases of COVID-19 [5, 6].

Smoke-free policies can reduce smoking and SHS exposure, which could protect your community members from serious COVID-19 symptoms and mortality [8, 9]. We understand that adopting a new policy can seem daunting, especially during a pandemic, but BreatheEasy Georgia Homes wants to support you. BreatheEasy Georgia Homes offers help with smoke-free policy development and resident compliance through free resources, technical assistance, and resident education materials. Plus, enrollment in the free BreatheEasy Recognition program lets prospective residents know that they will be protected and that you care about their health!

Head to http://breatheeasygahomes.org/ to learn more about adopting a smoke-free policy and how BreatheEasy Georgia Homes can help. Do you already offer a smoke-free environment? The website also has an application to get recognized for your efforts and be added to the free smoke-free apartment listing!

BreatheEasy Georgia Homes is a partnership between the Atlanta Apartment Association, Emory Prevention Research Center, Georgia Department of Public Health, and others.

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