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Boston Launches Smoke-Free Housing Online Registry

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BOSTON (CBS) – The city of Boston has officially launched a smoke-free housing registry online.

The website lets landlords list their smoke-free properties for free.

Residents looking to live in smoke-free buildings are encouraged to check out the site.

“For the first time, the city is offering one-stop shopping for landlords who want to list their smoke-free units and tenants who are looking for a place to live where they can breathe a little easier,” said Mayor Menino. “Healthy homes are the foundation of a healthier Boston, and this initiative is a great example of how city government, working with developers and landlords, can come together to improve peoples’ lives.”

The registry was created by the Boston Public Health Commission.

The BPHC is also offering technical assistance to property owners who need help transitioning their properties to smoke-free.

“Smoke-free housing means fewer trips to the hospital for asthma attacks, and fewer residential 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.”

Boston landlords can register their smoke-free property and tenants can find them by visiting www.bostonsmokefreehomes.org.

The city is also launching a smoking awareness campaignBoston residents can also call 1-800-QUITNOW to get free nicotine patches to help them quit smoking.

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