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A systematic examination of smoke-free policies in multiunit dwellings in Virginia as reported by property managers: implications for prevention.
Am J Health Promot. 2011 Sep-Oct; 26(1):37-44.AJ

Abstract

PURPOSE

In most states, smoking has been curtailed to some extent in public buildings, workplaces, and restaurants. The next frontier for smoke-free policies is the multiunit dwelling industry. However, the extent to which smoke-free housing currently is available is unknown. The purpose of this study was to measure the market for smoke-free housing in Virginia and to identify barriers to adopting smoke-free policies.

DESIGN

Telephone interviews were conducted with property managers of rental apartments, townhouses, senior housing, and public housing in four Virginia cities.

SETTING

Four cities in Virginia.

SUBJECTS

Two hundred sixty-three property managers in four cities in Virginia (approximately 75 property managers per city).

MEASURES

Property managers were administered a brief telephone survey.

RESULTS

Only 33.8% of property managers reported some type of smoke-free policy, with only 15% of those policies prohibiting smoking in residential units. Most property managers without a smoke-free policy were not considering adopting such a policy for a variety of reasons.

CONCLUSION

The availability of smoke-free multiunit dwellings is severely lacking. This study identified a number of science-based and legal misperceptions that may prevent the adoption of smoke-free policies. Correction of these misperceptions is warranted to increase the availability of smoke-free housing. Such policies will be useful in creating environments that support good health practices while simultaneously protecting tenants from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908-0660, USA. slj4u@virginia.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21879941

Citation

Jackson, Shelly L., and Richard J. Bonnie. "A Systematic Examination of Smoke-free Policies in Multiunit Dwellings in Virginia as Reported By Property Managers: Implications for Prevention." American Journal of Health Promotion : AJHP, vol. 26, no. 1, 2011, pp. 37-44.
Jackson SL, Bonnie RJ. A systematic examination of smoke-free policies in multiunit dwellings in Virginia as reported by property managers: implications for prevention. Am J Health Promot. 2011;26(1):37-44.
Jackson, S. L., & Bonnie, R. J. (2011). A systematic examination of smoke-free policies in multiunit dwellings in Virginia as reported by property managers: implications for prevention. American Journal of Health Promotion : AJHP, 26(1), 37-44. https://doi.org/10.4278/ajhp.091005-QUAN-329
Jackson SL, Bonnie RJ. A Systematic Examination of Smoke-free Policies in Multiunit Dwellings in Virginia as Reported By Property Managers: Implications for Prevention. Am J Health Promot. 2011 Sep-Oct;26(1):37-44. PubMed PMID: 21879941.
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