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Tacoma say - smoke-free housing options

Tacoma City Human Rights and Human Services Department recently briefed city leaders on “smoke-free housing options.”

During the meeting Monday, the department made no recommendations, said executive director John Briehl, and the city made no motions.

Still, the idea of a smoking ban has stirred mixed reactions in at least one landlord.

“What Tacoma is doing I am totally in favor of,” said property manager Kelly Halligan. “It’s just that how do you enforce it? Who’s going to pay for the enforcement? And again, it’s putting government onto private property issues.”

Halligan said she banned indoor smoking in her apartment complex in Federal Way in December, but as a Tacoma resident, she said she’s concerned how the city would enforce a blanket smoking ban ordinance for residential homes.

Still, a full ban is only one option on the staff report. It also suggests ideas like regulating common areas where smokers can light up, creating smoking “buffer zones,” and offering tax abatements or other incentives to landlords who adopt smoke-free residences.

“When considering a smoke-free ordinance, appropriate procedures should be followed that provide for notice and a forum for public comment,” the report stated.

Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma says the briefing resulted from citizens complaining about secondhand smoke health concerns in apartment complexes.

“[It’s still] too early for an ordinance,” said Baarsma. “I still want to hear from [Pierce County-Tacoma] City-County Health Department.”

Still, Baarsma, who said he’s lost family members due to smoking-related lung cancer, called secondhand smoke “a very serious health threat… something that has to be dealt with.”

The report says secondhand smoke causes up to 65,000 early deaths in the U.S. each year, and is the country’s third leading preventable cause of death.

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