State launches campaign against secondhand smoke

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials are launching a campaign against secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing.

The North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy says the campaign encourages the implementation of smoke-free housing policies to protect tenants from secondhand smoke.

Jeanne Prom is the center's executive director. She says 24 percent of residents live in apartments and are exposed to secondhand smoke despite a new state law.

North Dakota passed a smoke-free law in 2012 that protects people from secondhand smoke in indoor public places and workplaces.

Prom says smoke-free housing is also a cost-effective measure for landlords and apartment managers who would otherwise have to replace carpeting and other materials.

Landlords interested in making their properties smoke free can find more information at www.smokefreehousingND.com .

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