Free Workshop for Area Landlords

October 20, 2014
Rice County Public Health, as a participating agency in the Four Corners Partnership, is hosting a free workshop for area landlords interested in smoke-free policies for their buildings. This event will be held in Faribault on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. at Alexander’s Supper Club. Alexander’s is located in downtown Faribault at 31 Third Street Northeast. 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,” said Tracy Ackman-Shaw, Health Educator for Rice 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 one-hour 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 Tracy Ackman-Shaw at Rice County Public Health by calling (507) 332-5921.
 
Smoke-free policies are good for business and good for health. 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 and staff 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
 
 
CONTACTS:
Tracy Ackman-Shaw, Rice County Public Health Educator, (507) 332-5921
Deb Purfeerst, Rice County Public Health Director, (507) 332-6111
Tony Murphy, Rice County Administrator, (507) 332-6121