City wants to snuff out smoking in Hub homes

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Expanding on an effort to curb smoking in Boston, city and health officials yesterday launched a program that creates a smoke-free housing registry. 

“Smoke-free housing means fewer trips to the hospital for asthma attacks, and fewer … fires,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “Smoke-free housing policies are good for the health of our city and will increasingly become the new norm in Boston.”

The registry allows for landlords to list their smoke-free properties on a new website and creates a database of fume-free homes for renters and buyers who want to live without inhaling secondhand smoke. As of yesterday afternoon, 15 rental properties were listed on the site.

“Healthy homes are the foundation of a healthier Boston,” said Mayor Thomas Menino.



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