MDHA high-rise Parthenon Towers to become a smoke-free facility

Monday, February 28, 2011 at 7:41pm
Staff reports

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency announced Monday it will make the Parthenon Towers high-rise near Centennial Prk the agency’s first smoke-free community housing facility beginning May 1.

Already, common areas within the building are smoke-free. Under the new pilot policy, new tenants will be required to use a designated smoking area and will not be allowed to smoke inside individual apartments.

“Research has clearly shown that in high-rise residential buildings, smoking poses serious health risks not only for the smokers themselves, but also for the people around them who breathe in second-hand smoke,” MDHA Executive Director Phil Ryan said in a release. “Making Parthenon Towers a smoke-free facility is a good, common-sense policy that will benefit the health of all residents. We plan to expand this policy to our other community properties in the future.”

The Residents’ Association for Parthenon Towers recently voted to support MDHA’s efforts to make the high rise tower a smoke-free facility.

The pilot policy will next go before MDHA’s Board of Commissioners for approval. The policy change is supported by the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Agency which, in July 2009, issued a memorandum strongly encouraging public housing authorities to implement non-smoking policies in some or all of their public housing units.