Lowell Housing Authority Goes Smoke-Free May 1, 2014

As of May 1, 2014, Lowell Housing Authority is adopting smoke-free policies to protect residents in their units from secondhand smoke. Because smoke drifts between units and cannot be contained, the only fail-proof solution to the problem of secondhand smoke is for buildings to go entirely smoke-free.

According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. By going smoke-free, residents of Lowell Housing Authority will be less likely to suffer from the effects of secondhand smoke, which include acute respiratory infections, ear problems, asthma, heart attacks, and certain cancers.

With its new rule, the Lowell Housing Authority joins the growing number of public and private multi-unit housing properties throughout Massachusetts with smoke-free policies, a positive trend that protects residents from the serious health effects of breathing secondhand smoke.

Under the Smoke-Free Policy, LHA residents who wish to smoke must do so outdoors and at least 15 feet away from LHA buildings.