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Organization Looks to Get More Apartments to Ban Smoking

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--There's good news for anyone who enjoys living in a smoke free environment.

An organization here in Iowa is working to get more apartment complexes to ban smoking.

There’s no smoking allowed in the Oak Hill Jackson apartment complex.

"Ever since they opened they implemented a smoke free zone, people who do smoke, they have to go off site to smoke,” said tenant Christina Hamous

"We wanted to make sure that our environment which our tenants lived in was clean and as healthy as we could get it,” said director of Hatch Development Group, Dale Todd.

The idea came from ASAC, the Area Substance Abuse Council and is funded through the Iowa
Department of public health.

Their goal is to provide education to mult-unit housing complexes and get as many as possible to go smoke free.

"We can provide free signage for them as well as any information they would like about helping their tenants who smoke quit smoking,” said ASAC prevention specialist, Amy Doerrfeld.

The Oak Hill Jackson apartment is completely smoke -free and some say that’s a great reason to live here.

"We actually worked with them from the beginning when they opened. They had contacted us and so we worked with them on creating a policy for them,” Doerrfeld said.

So far, ASAC has helped nine apartment complexes implement a smoke free policy and are still in talks with others.

Oak hill tenants say it improves their overall quality of living.

"Your clothing doesn't smell, your furniture is clean, you can just have a smoke free environment,” Hamous said.

Apartment managers or landlord who wants more information can call ASAC or the Linn County Public Health.

ASAC: (319)390-1884

Linn County Public Health: (319)-892-6000

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