Trackside Homes adopts new smoke-free policy

JOHNSTOWN — Trackside Homes has adopted a smoke-free policy. The newly implemented policy limits smoking on the grounds to a designated area; no smoking is permitted in indoor and common areas, according to Tricia Terleckey, community engagement coordinator for Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities of Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties. ATFC-HFM collaborated with Trackside Homes to educate tenants by distributing information on a monthly basis leading up to the policy implementation to support the transition to smoke-free living.

By going tobacco free, Trackside Homes is eliminating the proven hazards of secondhand smoke exposure, including lung cancer, heart disease, asthma, breathing difficulties, sinus and bronchial illness. Diseases caused by second-hand smoke kill about 3,000 New Yorkers each year. Policies prohibiting smoking in multi-unit dwellings, such as Trackside Homes, will help reduce this number over time. By doing so, Trackside Homes is ensuring a healthy, clean environment for their present and future residents.

ATFC-HFM offers free assistance for multi-unit housing owners, managers and tenants who would like to make their housing complexes smoke-free. ATFC-HFM is part of a network of statewide contractors funded by the New York State Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program, working to change the community environment to support New York state’s tobacco-free norm.

Locally, the grant is held by Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery. Catholic Charities serves area residents by providing services such as substance abuse prevention, food pantry, domestic violence advocacy and dispute mediation.

For more information on Tobacco-free outdoors and smoke-free housing, call (518) 762-8313.