We have an opiod overdose crisis, but cigarettes still kill 15 times more people
28,200 adults in New York State die each year from smoking-related disease
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease
The average age of a new smoker in New York State is 13 years old
John Tara Properties in Delhi Go Tobacco-Free
JT Storefronts Inc. DBA John Tara has taken steps to increase the health quotient of its Delhi tenants by incorporating a ban on the use of tobacco products in the units it leases. John Tara owns twelve buildings in Delhi with a total of sixty-one units that are leased to college students and families. The lease defines smoking as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other smoking device for burning tobacco. The use of electronic cigarettes such as vape pens, JUUL, and/or other electronic delivery systems are also prohibited by tenants and all guests.
Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS) recently worked with the John Tara property manager to help update leases and provided some tobacco-free signage and window clings to be posted at its properties in Delhi. ATFC-DOS is a grant-funded program through the NYS Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control. ATFC-DOS educates the community and decision makers, mobilizes community members around the problems that tobacco addiction causes in local communities, and helps decision makers understand the types of choices that they have to address these problems.
Roger Lynck, the on-site manager for the John Tara properties in Delhi, agrees that preventing and reducing tobacco use are important public health actions that can be taken to improve the health of New Yorkers. According to Mr. Lynck, “The public health impacts of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure are well documented. Smoke-free housing policies can reduce health risks, smoke damage and fire risk.”
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease and kills 28,200 adults in New York State annually. While the current smoking rate among New York State adults is 14.2 percent, the rate for Delaware County is 23.4 percent.
One of the goals of the NYS Department of Health’s Prevent Chronic Diseases Action Plan is to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke and exposure to secondhand aerosol/emissions from electronic vapor products. By December 21, 2024, the aim is to increase the number of multi-unit housing units that adopt a smoke-free policy by 5000 units each year. Another objective is to decrease the percentage of adults (non-smokers) living in multi-unit housing who are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes by 22.7 percent, from 35.2 percent (2017) to 27.2 percent.
Oneonta Student Rentals Go Totally Tobacco-free
Michael Stolzer of Center City Rentals LLC/OneontaStudents.com in Oneonta made his student rentals totally tobacco-free starting in the fall of 2018. While Mr. Stolzer has not permitted smoking of traditional combustible cigarettes in the homes he owns and services for the past eighteen years, he recently revised his leases to prohibit all tobacco/nicotine products including e-cigarettes/vape pens and smokeless (chew) tobacco. Mr. Stolzer stated “I care about student renters and will always provide them with clean, safe and secure houses or apartments. I know that smoke-free/tobacco-free housing policies can reduce health risks, smoke damage and fire risk.” He added, “I don’t know why any landlord would want smoking and tobacco use in their homes and apartments. In the past I’ve lost some potential renters because of the lingering smell of smoke and it certainly costs more to renovate apartments in which people have smoked.”
Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS) worked with Mr. Stolzer to help him amend his leases and provided some tobacco-free signage and window clings that will be posted at the thirteen properties Mr. Stolzer owns in Oneonta. ATFC-DOS, a grant-funded program of the NYS Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control, educates the community and decision makers, mobilizes community members around the problems that tobacco addiction causes in local communities, and helps decision makers understand the types of choices that they have to address these problems.