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Attitudes, Experiences, and Acceptance of Smoke-Free Policies in Multi-Unit Housing Establishments: A National Study of Multi-Unit Housing Operators and Residents

Andrew Hyland, PhD
Chairman, Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Jan 13 2012 - 10:00am

Secondhand smoke (SHS) can transfer between units in multi-unit housing buildings, mitigating the effect of personal smoke-free home policies. This study assessed differences in attitudes, beliefs, and experiences related to smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing (MUH) scenarios using national cross-sectional samples of landlords (n=347), MUH tenants (n=418), and single-family household (n=491) residents. This study demonstrates that in spite of widespread adoption of smoke-free home policies, many MUH residents are not fully protected from SHS. In addition, combined results from each survey show that major barriers to smoke-free policy implementation can be overcome. MUH operators should be encouraged to implement smoke-free building policies given the high level of support among tenants and strong effectiveness of smokefree policies at reducing SHS exposure.

Andrew Hyland, PhD is the Chairman of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  Dr. Hyland holds a PhD in Epidemiology and a MA in Statistics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Dr. Hyland’s primary research interests lie in evaluating the impact of policies aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with the use of tobacco products.  Dr. Hyland directs the Secondhand Smoke Research Program at Roswell Park, which was the 2007 recipient of the Global Smokefree Partnership Award for Research Excellence.  Dr. Hyland also directs the Survey Research and Data Acquisition Resource, a Core Resource at Roswell Park.  He has over 180 publications, numerous grants and contracts, is the Deputy Editor for Tobacco Control, and has provided consultations on tobacco control evaluation efforts at the local, state, national, and international levels.   

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