Smoking Policies in Long-Term Care & Residential Facilities Serving Older Persons
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Today the public health reasons for smoke-free environments are self-evident.
Public health policies are now directed at protecting persons of all ages from the health dangers of secondhand smoke.
Why is there such concern about secondhand smoke in workplaces and public places?
What is the source of all this data on secondhand smoke?
Thus, from a health perspective, the debate is over -- secondhand smoke is a serious health danger to persons of all ages, especially infants, children and older persons with respiratory problems.
QUESTION: Should public policies be adopted to protect persons from the health dangers of secondhand smoke in residential settings, such as apartments, nursing homes & assisted living facilities?
Are the health dangers of secondhand smoke any different in residential settings?
Are there ventilation systems which can eliminate the health dangers of secondhand smoke in enclosed areas?
Are there other reasons for strictly restricting smoking in residential settings?
Fires in residential facilities for older persons
Nursing home fires
Unsupervised smoking in nursing homes
Fires in apartments & assisted living facilities for elders
What can be done?
What will I find there?
What do federal and state laws say about smoking in nursing homes and assisted living facilities?
JCAHO Accreditation Standards for Long-Term Care Facilities Concerning Smoking
What do the ADA and FHA say about smoking in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and apartments?
TCSG's Model Smoking Policies in Nursing Homes
TCSG's Model Smoking Policies in Assisted Living Facilities
TCSG's Suggested Smoking Policies in Elderly Housing
Apartment owners are permitted by federal and state law to adopt total smoke-free policies.
Where can I find the HUD and related opinions and case law on smoke-free apartment policies?
TCSG Study: What smoking policies do nursing homes currently have?
TCSG Study: What smoking policies do assisted living facilities currently have?
Thus, it appears that public health policies and the rights guaranteed by law are becoming consistent.
For more information about older persons, secondhand smoke and smoke-free environments, you may visit the following web sites:
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