Communities Coming Together: Living Tobacco Free
Implementing tobacco-free housing policies in multi-unit complexes can save you money! Now is the time to adopt Austin/Travis County's Live Tobacco Free efforts by joining with other like-minded housing organizations and learning about the benefits and steps to getting there.
Start by registering for Austin Travis County Integral Care's Communities Coming Together: Living Tobacco Free conference, which provides local and national housing organizations with resources and information including technical assistance on how to implement tobacco-free policies. The conference is free and lunch will be provided.
Click here to download the conference program. Presenters include Warren Ortland, Tina Pettingill and Rachael Riley:
Megan Cermak is a certified health education specialist and tobacco treatment specialist. She leads local tobacco cessation efforts through her position as program coordinator for the Austin Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition.
Warren Ortland, JD, is a Minnesota attorney who has worked with organizations advocating for the legal benefits of tobacco-free housing. He is currently leading a study researching the effects of secondhand smoke in common interest communities.
Tina Pettingill, MPH, CPC, is founder and chair of a state-wide coalition that has been successful in helping each of the twenty public housing authorities in the state of Maine and hundreds of private landlords implement tobacco-free policies.
Carl Smith serves as director of public housing for the Housing Authority of Little Rock, Arkansas. He has overseen the recent transition of a large multi-unit public housing complex to become tobacco-free, and is currently working to implement similar policies in other areas.
At the conference, leaders for residential facilities and group homes will:
Living tobacco free helps people live a longer, healthier life and protects the health of your community. Registration is limited. Click the ashtray above to register.
The conference is being hosted in conjunction with the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Communities Putting Prevention to Work program, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Austin Travis County Integral Care recently launched a tobacco cessation initiative, prohibiting the use of tobacco products on any Integral Care property in an effort to provide a healthy and safe environment for consumers, employees and visitors. In May, Integral Care received national recognition for its efforts as a leader in implementing tobacco free policies. If you have any questions, please email WeCanQuit@atcic.org.