Free Workshop for Area Landlords
The Four Corners Partnership is hosting a free workshop for area landlords. This event will take place at the Northfield Senior Center on November 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm. 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 Andrea Kronbach, Health Educator at Rice County Public Health Nursing Service. “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, contact Andrea Kronbach at Rice County Public Health Nursing Service (507) 332-5921.
The Four Corners Partnership is currently completing 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. “Many property managers and owners already understand that smoke-free policies are good for business as well as good for health,” Kronbach said. “One landlord wrote a comment on the survey that smoking causes extreme damage to units, with filthy yellow walls, windows, light fixtures and carpeting.”
It can cost landlords thousands of dollars to clean up and repair the damage from smoking in an apartment or townhome. 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
Andrea Kronbach, Rice County Health Educator, (507) 332-5921
Deb Purfeerst, Public Health Director, (507) 332-6111