Re: “Smoke-free public housing good for health, safety and costs” (editorial, 11-5).
All Pierce County residents have the right to live in healthy, safe environments that allow them to be productive and engaged citizens. The Tacoma Housing Authority board action is an essential step forward in this effort.
Tobacco smoke causes endless death and suffering through its immediate effects, which include heart attacks, asthma attacks and nicotine poisoning, and long-term effects, such as cancer, heart disease, emphysema and oral disease. The News Tribune’s coverage of this important health issue promotes positive community conversation around smoke- and tobacco-free initiatives that will improve the health of our residents.
As we work with our community partners to safeguard and enhance the health of communities of Pierce County, we appreciate The News Tribune’s continued partnership in promoting critical public health messages to its readers.
(Chen is Director of Health for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department)