Editor: The effort of the Kings County Tobacco-Free Partnership in working with multi-unit housing complexes on the adoption of voluntary smoke-free policies should be commended.

Asthma is one of the highest health concerns for children in Kings County. The coalition’s identification of drifting tobacco smoke in multi-unit complexes as a health issue is critical to keeping our children, and adults, with asthma healthy and active. The education of tenants on the risk associated with drifting smoke has had limited exposure in the media. Through the coalition’s education developed for the multi-unit complexes, the tenants receive education on:

l The high incidence of asthma rates in Kings County, and exposure to tobacco smoke can be a trigger for asthma attacks, particularly in children.

l Tobacco smoke drifts into nearby apartments through open windows, shared ventilation systems, and gaps around plumbing, ductwork, and electrical wiring.

We are aware surveys have shown that a majority of California apartment residents (84 percent) support multi-unit housing smoke-free policies. CalViva Health can provide education material, assist with strategy development, and outreach. In addition, we can educate CalViva Health members on the smoking cessation program available to them, as well as other support services.

I applaud and support the Kings County Tobacco-Free Partnership’s efforts to create smoke-free environments at apartment complexes in Avenal. Please feel free to contact Lupe Gonzalez, supervisor for community relations, at 445-8705 for further assistance with the project.

Greg Hund

CEO, CalViva Health

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