Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death for Iowans, taking the lives of more than 5,100 adults each year. Estimated annual health care costs in Iowa directly related to tobacco use now total $1.2 billion. Smoke free and tobacco free environments play an important role in protecting Iowans from tobacco caused illnesses.
What Is the Smoke Free Homes Program?
Smoke Free Homes, a program of the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, provides smoke free rental property listings on the Smoke Free Homes Registry free as a public service. The program works to eliminate second and thirdhand smoke exposure for renters, to help create a safer and healthier living environment. By providing model policies, free signage, cessation materials, and technical assistance, our goal is to increase smoke free housing opportunities for all Iowans.
Smoke free housing is a growing trend in Iowa. Over 80% of Iowans do not smoke and most people do not want to live in housing where smoking is allowed. It is a great time to go smoke-free! Whether you are a property owner/manager or a renter, learn more about smoke-free housing.
Protect Your Loved Ones
When you or your family members are around someone who smokes, you are all inhaling harmful chemicals that can cause smoking-related illnesses and diseases. The only way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to completely avoid secondhand smoke. What you can do:
- If you or someone you know smokes, call Quitline Iowa at 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free access to a Quit Coach to help you quit tobacco use.
- Make your home and vehicle 100% smoke-free. Air filters, ventilation systems and cracked windows do not entirely eliminate secondhand smoke.
- Teach your children to stay away from secondhand smoke.
- If you live in multi-unit housing, choose a smoke-free building. Smoke can travel through ventilation systems, doors, windows and cracks in the walls. Ventilation systems and air filters cannot completely eliminate secondhand smoke.
Living Tobacco Free and Nicotine Free
Tobacco and nicotine free places greatly improve the environment and protect our health. Examples of tobacco and nicotine free places include K-12 schools, colleges, parks, events, and businesses. For more information on tobacco-free/nicotine-free environment policies for schools, parks, businesses, community events, county fairs, rodeos, and pharmacies in Iowa, contact email@example.com.