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Secondhand Smoke and Multi-Unit Residences: Research and Legal Context.

Date and time: 
May 21, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm


  • Carissa Duke, Assistant Program Director, Live Smoke Free: Smoke-Free Multi-Housing Association for Nonsmokers–MN
  • Martha Hewett, Director of Research, Center for Energy and Environment
  • Brittany McFadden, Program Director, Live Smoke Free Association for Nonsmokers–MN
  • Warren Ortland, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center, William Mitchell College of Law

In October of 2007, the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act was strengthened to prohibit smoking in almost all indoor public places and places of employment. Individual dwelling units in apartment buildings and in condominiums are not covered under the law. On average, people spend more time at home than in any other location, so exposure to secondhand smoke in multi-unit residences remains a significant health issue. This session reviewed research conducted over the last several years on air movement in multi-unit properties, the experience and response of residents and owners of rental properties, the attitudes of owner-occupants and property managers of condominiums, and the legal context for addressing the issue of exposure to secondhand smoke.

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