Members of the Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network (WAATPN) FACT group, part of Wisconsin’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement, joined the community in celebrating the kick-off of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) national smoke-free rule implementation recently.
“I’m so happy and thrilled that HUD finally made the decision to go smoke free! It was an amazing opportunity to meet the mayor and celebrate this great occasion,” said FACT
The national kick-off event and press conference was held at the Hillside Terrace Family Resource Center, 1452 N. 7th St. Speakers included Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing, and Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association (ALA).
The rule will protect an estimated 18,000 HUD residents in Wisconsin, according to the American Lung Association.
“I think having smoke-free housing is really smart because secondhand smoke is really harmful because it can go through vents and into other people’s apartments. Hopefully lives will be saved now that the apartments will be smoke-free,” said FACT member Nia Kamara.
To learn more about FACT or to join the youth tobacco prevention movement visit Factmovement.org.