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Taking a Stand Against Toxic Secondhand Smoke

By Jazmine Guillen, Program Manager, Tobacco Control Program, FAME Corporations Published March 16, 2017 When secondhand smoke from nearby units began flooding Patricia “Patty” Solano’s apartment, aggravating her asthma condition, her concern wasn’t just for herself but also for her child and grandchild, both under 5, who live with her. “Young kids are vulnerable and extremely impressionable,” she said. “I want them to know smoking is dangerous and is bad…

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Los Angeles Wave Highlights FAME’s Tobacco Program

Written by: Jazmine Guillen, Program Manager – FAME Tobacco Control Program Residents of Los Angeles are protected against second-hand smoke exposure in the workplace and at many public places. However, there is no guaranteed legal protection that safeguards residents of multi-unit housing from breathing unwanted smoke in their own homes. Exposure to second-hand smoke is an acknowledged nuisance, but more importantly, it is a health hazard, and also carries costs…

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Landlords Might Butt In On Smoking by Renters

As a handful of local municipalities adopt smoke-free ordinances banning cigarette and marijuana smoking in apartment buildings, the new campaign might be riding a tailwind. In the last five years, Santa Monica, Glendale, Compton, Pasadena, El Monte, Manhattan Beach, and Culver City have implemented smoking bans for common areas of residential complexes or in private apartment and condominium units. “The city of Los Angeles is sort of the donut hole,”…

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FAME Gardens to Appear in UCLA Smokefree Housing Ad Campaign

Last week it was lights, camera, and action as the FAME Gardens complex served as the backdrop for a forthcoming advertisement promoting smokefree housing. The opportunity landed on FAME Gardens’ doorstep through our partnership with UCLA’s Center for Health Policy on the Smokefree Air for Everyone (SAFE) program. The initiative is aimed at increasing access to smokefree apartments in low-income neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, with a particular focus on reducing…

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All FAME Housing Complexes Now Smoke-Free Thanks to New Voluntary Policy.

Residents of FAME Housing’s apartment complexes now enjoy smoke-free air thanks to the efforts of FAME’s Tobacco Team and the Residential Voluntary Smoking Reduction Program. As of January 1st of 2016, all FAME properties have adopted and implemented smoke-free policies requiring all outdoor common areas (e.g., open spaces, playgrounds, swimming pool areas, entrances) and 100% of contiguous individual units (including balconies & patios) to be designated as smoke-free. The new…

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FAME Provides Help for the Homeless at Outreach Event

At FAME Corporations, we believe in the dignity of all persons regardless of circumstance. Last week, FAME’s Transportation Program demonstrated our commitment to that core value when we joined other distinguished agencies such as the United Way, the Veterans Administration, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and Good Shepherd, among others to provide support services for the homeless. The Coordinated Entry Services (CES) Homeless Outreach Event, was hosted…

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FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration Thursday proposed regulating e-cigarettes for the first time. The agency unveiled a long-awaited rule that would give it power to oversee the increasingly popular devices, much in the way that it regulates traditional cigarettes. “It’s a huge change,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told reporters in a briefing Wednesday, before the official announcement of the agency’s plans. “We will have the authority as a science-based regulatory…

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Tobacco Control Program Makes Progress Towards Smoke-Free Living in Culver City

On March 24, the team from FAME’s Tobacco Control Program attended a highly anticipated meeting at City Hall in Culver City where Councilmembers were taking a proposed ordinance regulating smoking in multi-unit housing under consideration. Our team has worked tirelessly in supporting the Coalition for Smoke-Free Living in Culver City in order to educate and empower residents about having a choice in living free from exposure to unwanted second-hand smoke.…

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