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The Town that Went Smoke-Free
Can an entire town go smoke-free? On January 1, 2013, a town-like housing development did exactly that, clearing the air for approximately 4,440 individuals. Riverside Plaza is now the largest housing complex in Minnesota to provide a smoke-free environment.

Calling Riverside Plaza a “town” is no exaggeration. It has a K-8 charter school, grocery store, and resource center with social services, such as a computer lab and job training. The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) partnered with Wellshare International and the Associate for Nonsmokers (ANSR) to help pass the smoke-free building policy...more The Town that Went Smoke-Free (PDF 199KB/1pg)

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  • Alison Pence, Allina Hospitals & Clinics
  • Amano Dube, Brian Coyle Center (PUC)
  • Ashley Meneau, Indian Health Board
  • Carol Berg, UCare
  • Diana Dubois, Wellshare International
  • Ekta Prakash, Centre for Asians and Pacific Islanders (CAPI)
  • Graham Hartley, MIGIZI Communications
  • Diane Anastos, Waite House (PUC) - Healthy Living Hub
  • Julianne Leerssen, Neighborhood Hub
  • Julie Danzl, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Lannesse Baker, Indian Health Board
  • Melissa Laska, University of Minnesota
  • Robin Garwood, City of Minneapolis-Aide to Councilmember
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  • Vayong Moua, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

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Updated Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at 10:20AM