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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Friday, 06 January 2012 21:07

Housing Director Leanne Hunt accepts the new smoke-free apartment available yard sign from the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. Leanne and her board are being recognized for their smoke free policy at the Wauneta Housing Authority.



Wauneta Housing Authority has achieved smoke-free designation on their three buildings. Housing Director Leanne Hunt maintains this opportunity for tenants to be in a 100 percent smoke-free building with the approval of her board of directors.

“Through education from Smoke Free Nebraska, they have emphasized that secondhand smoke migrates,” states Leanne.

Air quality studies in apartment buildings show that anywhere from 5 percent to 60 percent of the air in an apartment unit moves to other units in the building. Contrary to popular belief, secondhand smoke cannot be controlled by ventilation or air cleaning.

“Wauneta is to be congratulated for this step to protect tenants, especially children, from the effects of secondhand smoke,” complimented Denise Ringenberg, Health Educator at Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department. “We want to recognize Leanne and her board for their efforts and encourage other landlords to consider similar action.” Wauneta Housing Authority Board members include: Rich Greeley, Steve Noble, Bob Walgren, Lynn Haarberg and Mindi Goings.

Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department will assist area Housing Agencies and private landlords implementing smoke free policies.

Additional materials are also available to assist in creating awareness of smoke free housing.

Listings of smoke free rental housing in each community are under development that will be shared with area chambers, real estate companies and housing agencies.

If you are interested in receiving information on Smoke Free Housing, please contact Denise Ringenberg via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the McCook SWNPPHD office at 308-345-4223. SWNPHD is also on Facebook at

The health department serves Chase, Dundy, Hayes, Hitchcock, Frontier, Furnas, Perkins and Red Willow counties.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 January 2012 21:09