12/26/2013 3:59:00 PM Free workshop for area landlords
The Four Corners Partnership is hosting a free workshop for area landlords. This event will take place at the Hubbell House Restaurant in Mantorville on January 16, 2014. The workshop will include presentations by the director of the Live Smoke Free program and an attorney from the Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law.
"Our guest presenters have many years of experience working with property managers and owners across Minnesota to successfully implement smoke-free policies for apartments, townhomes and other properties. The Live Smoke Free program has gained national recognition in recent years," said Ruth Greenslade, health educator at Dodge County Public Health. "This will be a great opportunity for area landlords to learn about the benefits of smoke-free policies and get their questions answered by the experts."
The workshop will be presented in a "Lunch and Learn" format. There is no cost for the workshop and lunch is provided. The workshop is open to the public, but property managers and owners of multi-unit buildings are especially encouraged to attend. Registration is required. To register for the lunch and learn, contact Dodge County Public Health at (507) 635-6150.
The Four Corners Partnership recently completed a survey of landlords in Dodge, Goodhue, Rice and Steele counties to learn about their experience with smoking in their buildings and also with smoke-free policies. "Smoke-free policies are good for business and good for health," said Greenslade. "It is clear from the survey that many property managers and owners already understand that. One landlord wrote a comment on the survey that smoking causes extreme damage to units, with filthy yellow walls, windows, light fixtures and carpeting. Over half of the landlords reported that it costs at least $500 to clean and repair the damage after the smoker moves out. Several landlords reported spending over $3,000."
The same tobacco smoke that causes damage to property also puts the health of residents at risk. The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoke-free policies are the only effective way to protect everyone from secondhand smoke.
The Four Corners Partnership is a project of the public health departments in Dodge, Goodhue, Rice and Steele counties to reduce the harm tobacco causes. This includes working with landlords and tenants to increase smoke-free housing. Learn more at: www.4cornerspartnership.org 52-2 nc