Smoke Free Public Housing Authorities
Exposure to smoke, whether direct or secondhand, causes adverse health outcomes such as asthma and other respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The 2010 Surgeon General’s Report – How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease supports this statement by explaining that low levels of smoke exposure, including exposure to secondhand smoke, lead to a rapid and sharp increase in dysfunction and inflammation of the lining of blood vessels, which are implicated in heart attacks and strokes. Additionally, the report states that cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds. Hundreds of these chemicals and compounds are toxic and at least 69 cause cancer.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) encourages the adoption of smoke free housing policies.
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