Young Adults’ Secondhand Smoke Exposure in San Francisco’s Multi-Unit Housing

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A newly published study evaluated young adults’ exposure to drifting secondhand smoke in San Francisco County housing units using the 2014 Bay Area Young Adult Health Survey (N = 1363). Specifically, the study examined whether residing in multiunit housing or in areas with greater neighborhood disorder were risk factors for exposure, and how drifting smoke exposure varied spatially within San Francisco County.

 

Findings included:

  • Residing in buildings with five or more units significantly increased the odds of reporting drifting smoke exposure.
  • Neighborhood disorder was significantly associated with exposure in lower income residential and downtown areas.
  • Multiunit housing was significantly associated with exposure across all neighborhoods.

 

Source: Holmes et al. (2019). Drifting Tobacco Smoke Exposure among Young Adults in Multiunit Housing. Journal of Community Health, Sep 18. [Epub ahead of print]

 

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