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DOH-Volusia - World No Tobacco Day May 31

May 23, 2018

Daytona Beach, Fla. - Each year nearly 900,000 non-smokers die as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke, according to the World Health Organization.  In recognition of World Tobacco Day May 31, the Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) is calling attention to the impact of second-hand smoke on non-smokers and assisting property owners who want to protect their residents.

In a recent survey of Volusia County youth ages 11 to 17, nearly 60 percent reported being exposed to secondhand cigarette or electronic vapor smoke in the past 30 days. That's nearly eight percent higher than the state average. The primary source of exposure for children is in their home.

While many apartments do not allow smoking indoors or in common areas, many apartments do - primarily in lower-income neighborhoods. DOH-Volusia's Tobacco Prevention Program works with property managers and owners of multi-unit housing to help them adopt smoke-free policies.

Indoor air studies have shown that up to 65 percent of air is exchanged between apartments and condominium units, according to Tobacco Free Florida. Air filters and ventilation systems are not effective in removing secondhand smoke.

Smoke-free condominiums are a growing trend in Florida. More than 75 condominium associations that have adopted smoke-free policies in recent years, according to Tobacco Free Florida.

DOH-Volusia assists property owners and condominium associations with drafting and adopting new policies to protect residents from secondhand smoke. Assistance is provided at no cost. For more information, please contact the DOH-Volusia Tobacco Prevention Program at (386) 274-0601.

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated annually to spread awareness of the ongoing global tobacco epidemic. This years' theme is "tobacco and heart disease." Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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