TACOMA, Wash. – A smoke-free housing PSA is now running in Pierce County movie theaters. It’s an effort to end tobacco use and educate about the dangers of residential smoking.
“The state fire marshal reports smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in Washington,” said George Hermosillo, smoke-free housing coordinator. “We want people living in apartments and condos and property owners in Pierce County to know just how powerful a change going smoke-free can be,” Hermosillo said.
Asian Pacific Islanders make up 8.1% of the population in Pierce County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The 30-second PSA is running at AMC, Cinemark, and Regal movie theaters throughout Pierce County. It highlights the benefits of smoking-free housing for property owners and residents.
The National Center for Healthy Housing reports property owners can see a two-to-seven times reduction in cleanup costs for smoke-free units. In Washington, about 75% of residents say they want to live in a smoke-free environment, according to the State Department of Health.