Seventy-six percent of awardees engaged in interventions to limit tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. Examples of these interventions included educating on the benefits of indoor/outdoor smoke-free policies, creating tobacco-free environments, and protecting people from secondhand smoke exposure.
Example: North Carolina
The Challenge: Approximately 20% of the adult population—more than 1.4 million individuals—are current cigarette smokers. Across all states, the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults ranges from 9.3% to 26.5%. The state of North Carolina ranks 38th for residents using tobacco among all states.
The Goal: North Carolina residents living in private and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-supported rental housing will have access to smoke-free environments.
Activities and Impact: Through efforts supported by CTG, more than a million North Carolina residents now have increased protections from secondhand smoke exposure in county government buildings, local municipal government buildings, indoor public places, parks, multiunit private and HUD-supported rental housing, and college campuses. Beginning January 1, 2014, Partnership Property Management (PPM) of Greensboro, which oversees a 9,500-unit portfolio of largely HUD-supported housing in 5 states including North Carolina, implemented smoke-free multiunit housing protections.
As of June 2013, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene increased access to tobacco-free or smoke-free environments for approximately 570,000 Maryland residents living in 19 counties. With more smoke-free stadiums, state universities and colleges, and county government buildings, Maryland residents can breathe easier because of increased protections from secondhand smoke exposure. The Maryland Stadium Authority (responsible for Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium for the Baltimore Ravens), the University System of Maryland, and county governments in Dorchester, Harford, and Kent have all put into action changes to reduce Maryland residents’ exposure to secondhand smoke and increase the number of areas providing smoke-free air.