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The benefits of a smoke-free home
Smoking is the third leading cause of fatal residential fires.
About 36.5 million Americans smoke cigarettes, and according to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. Every year, on the third Thursday of November—Nov. 16, this year—smokers across the nation participate in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. Smokers are encouraged to quit smoking, even if it’s just for that one day. Members of the NeighborWorks network are working to reduce health and safety risks associated with smoking by implementing new policies and practices to create smoke-free environments for residents.
From the trenches: lessons learned on the way to ‘smoke-free’
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Rental developments across the country are increasingly going smoke-free, both for public-health reasons and to save money in maintenance costs. But how do you phase in such a policy with existing residents? Three NeighborWorks network members offer lessons learned.
Florida nonprofit offers smoke-free living residences
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Illness and injury are often the result of a household environment that can be addressed through tactics that range from a smoke-free environment to basic repairs. NeighborWorks member Rural Neighborhoods formed a partnership with a local health care institution to make its approach more comprehensive.
Join us for the Pathways Out of Poverty Symposium in Washington, DC
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Limited space is still available at our symposium Pathways out of Poverty: Investing In Independence, Keeping the Pathways Open.

The event explores the role that local community plays in in keeping advancement opportunities available for all. Keynote speakers include:
  • Rip Rapson—President and CEO of The Kresge Foundation
  • Nela Richardson—Chief Economist, Redfin Corporation
  • Maurice Jones—CEO, LISC
  • Erika Poethig—Institute Fellow and Director of Urban Policy Initiatives at the Urban Institute
The event takes place Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.
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