Thursday, 18 November 2010

Out in the cold: more elderly residential homes go non-smoking

By next month temperatures will max at freezing point in Burlington, Vermont, and by January they will sink to 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 celsius). These are temperatures that citizens of the area have known all their lives, so it should come as no surprise that they haven't stopped the introduction of a smoking ban at Decker Towers, a public housing unit for elderly and disabled people operated by the Burlington Housing Authority.*

In an article that has been deleted but is quoted on the Smokers Club Forum, we learn
BHA Executive Director Paul Dettman said the new policy, announced in late February in a letter to residents, is part of a national trend encouraged by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provides funding for the housing. The shift is motivated by concerns about the effects of second-hand smoke on residents and by safety concerns.
It continues,
He said BHA has not tested the flow of second-hand smoke in the three Burlington high-rises but has received “infrequent” complaints about smoke from some tenants. 
So: no tests, few complaints, but federal approval. So let's go for it.

Family housing has not been included in the ban because it doesn't create the same fire hazard. So the young and fit are exempt from a ban that will see elderly and incapacitated people lose their homes. How can these people sleep at night?

Senior citizens are now a target of no-smoking evangelists. You can get accreditation for providing smoke-free facilities – see slide 26 in slideshow linked below.

Enjoy this slideshow (and remember that ASH Scotland wishes to remove existing exemptions to the smoking ban – see page 7, 'Beyond Smoke-free' document).

* BHA is committed to equal housing opportunity and will consider reasonable accommodations upon request.


Eddie Douthwaite said...

Slide 17 of the slideshow is a DOWNRIGHT LIE.

Eddie Douthwaite said...

And here is the proof:-

"7. Does Air Manager remove harmful chemicals?
Yes. AirManager is scientifically proven to remove chemicals, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), tobacco smoke etc in excess of 99.999% in a single pass."

"Quest International (UK) Ltd, from the very beginning, have insisted that all of their testing and trialling be overseen by independent Scientific Professionals, and that all validation testing has been carried out by independent quality accredited laboratories or government facilities.
Our equipment carries a CE mark, Quest as an organisation are ISO 9000 accredited and the technology is approved in many ways for safe integration on board civil and commercial airliners. Today, AirManager is the ONLY air sterilization and filtration system that is CERTIFIED to provide clean air to well in excess of operating theatre standards (minimum ISO 6 guaranteed)."

Unknown said...

This is a particularly worrying developement if it ever comes to these shores. The high rise that I live in is warden controlled and has mainly elderly and infirm residents. They had a games night the night before Halloween and I saw the indignity of the elderly going outside in the dark and cold to have a ciggy,outside the fire door too.

These bastards know no bounds. If it does come here I will fight it with every tobacco laden breath.