PHDMC partners with worksites, schools, and community organizations to offer free tobacco cessation for residents of Montgomery County; and participants receive a one month supply of patches.

Cessation is provided by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist using the Mayo Clinic Cessation Model:

  • Week 1:  Thinking about quitting.
  • Week 2:  Getting ready.
  • Week 3:  It’s quit week.
  • Week 4:  Staying quit for good.
  • Week 5:  All other concerns.

PHDMC has a very successful cessation partnership with Miami Valley Hospital, CareSource, and many other worksites. In the past year, cessation services offered throughout Montgomery County have served over 350 community members with over 60% successfully quitting. If your worksite or community organization is interested in cessation, please contact us at (937) 225-5700.


Tobacco-Free Coalition (TFC)

TFC is a network of organizations, businesses and individuals who are building support for tobacco prevention and control in the Miami Valley. Co-leads on this coalition are PHDMC and the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA). The coalition meets quarterly. Please contact us to join the coalition.

Vision: We envision a region free of tobacco use

Mission: Our mission is to promote healthy lives free of tobacco in all its forms by:

  • Reducing tobacco use
  • Keeping people from starting tobacco use
  • Educating the public about tobacco-related health issues
  • Supporting those who want to quit
  • Advocating for positive reform

More property owners and management companies are implementing no-smoking policies for rental housing to meet the demand of non-smokers looking for smoke free housing. In July of 2018, Public Health help Greater Dayton Premier Management make all of their housing smoke-free. This impacted over 16,000 individuals! Even in apartment units where no one smokes, residents can still be adversely affected by secondhand smoke that drifts through walls and ventilation systems. Children are particularly sensitive to the toxins and chemicals in secondhand smoke, many of which are proven carcinogens.

Why is Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County reaching out to property owners and management companies to provide smoke-free housing?
The U.S. Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that eliminating smoking in indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure. Exposure to secondhand smoke causes nearly 42,000 deaths each year among adults in the United States with 7,333 attributed deaths from lung cancer and 33,951 attributed deaths from heart disease. (Centers for Disease Control)

How does secondhand smoke enter an apartment?
Secondhand smoke can come into your apartment in multiple ways. Secondhand smoke does not respect boundaries; drifting smoke seeps through ventilation systems, light fixtures, wall electric outlets, plumbing, ceiling crawl spaces, and doorways into all areas of a building with smokers. Secondhand smoke cannot be controlled by ventilation or air cleaning.

Is it legal to ban smoking?
Absolutely! Smokers are not protected under fair housing laws. And if you ban indoor smoking, you are not required to establish outdoor smoking areas, although some property owners do. Just make sure they are far away from doors and windows, as well as traffic areas where residents and children are passing through. Or consider making your entire grounds smoke-free.

What are the benefits of going smoke-free?
Not only can smoke-free units save you money, but they will also decrease the chance of fires, while providing a healthier environment for everyone in your buildings. Here is a list of possible benefits:

  • Less damage to walls, floors and countertops from smoke residue and burning cigarettes.
  • Quicker turnaround and lower cleanup costs between tenants: Cleaning a smoker’s apartment is tough and expensive work, requiring repainting, cleaning carpets, walls, appliances, etc.
  • A competitive advantage – you’ll be able to attract quality tenants who appreciate a smoke-free environment.
  • Reduced risk of liability: When tenants’ health is affected by other smokers, you’re a potential target for litigation.
  • Fresher-smelling and healthier air for everyone.

I’m looking for a smoke-free option for housing in Montgomery County. Can you help me find a place?
Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is working with public and private housing apartment and condo management to make properties tobacco and smoke-free. Look for a map of smoke-free living soon.

I’m interested in learning more about Smoke-Free Housing. What should I do?
The Smoke-Free Housing Initiative works to help support property managers who would like to adopt smoke-free policies. Smoke-Free Housing Initiative members have developed helpful resource materials that can be tailored specifically for each apartment complex.


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