Mutual of Omaha Apartment Building Goes Smoke-Free Jan. 1
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Omaha is part of a national trend – ranking just behind Chicago as the number two city for the availability of smoke-free apartment listings. Mutual of Omaha is joining the movement and designating one of its popular Midtown Crossing buildings as smoke-free.
“After surveying our residents and in order to provide a healthier environment, we decided to offer a smoke-free option for renters in our building which houses the Prairie Life Fitness center,” said Molly Skold, vice president, marketing and communications at East Campus Realty, LLC. “For us, this policy change is a great way to reduce fire risks that can come from smoking and protect staff and residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke.”
Skold worked with the Douglas County Health Department that provided the resident surveys, materials and smoke-free health information. It is a joint partnership with Douglas County Putting Prevention to Work and the Metro Omaha Tobacco Action Coalition (MOTAC) to increase the number of smoke-free options for residents in Douglas County. MOTAC lists all of the smoke-free apartments on its website.
“We are excited to add another building to our growing list of smoke-free options for residents. Our goal is to reach 129 apartment complexes across our city by the year 2014. Mutual of Omaha’s decision will likely encourage others to join efforts to provide smoke-free living,” said Aja Anderson, community health educator at the Douglas County Health Department.
Many people think that walls separate living spaces from second-hand smoke. But smoke can often drift into others’ apartments through ventilation systems and cracks in ceilings and floors. The Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act of 2008 protects people from smoke in hallways, entrances and common spaces. To add additional protection from secondhand smoke, the Health Department and MOTAC encourage residents to talk to their landlords about designating a smoke-free building.
For more information about smoke-free living, contact Aja Anderson at the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444-7278.
To learn more and to find smoke-free units in Douglas County, visit www.rentsmokefree.org.