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It takes a village to be healthy

smokefree living sign

With support from SHIP, the Villages at Essex Park are now smoke-free.

Community Health Specialist Kelly Corbin helped the buildings go smoke-free as of June 1, 2012, in order to prevent secondhand smoke exposure. “Through a community survey, we know 79 percent of Olmsted County residents who live in rentals would like it to be a smoke free property, yet there are not that many options locally,” commented Corbin.

All 14 buildings at the Villages at Essex Park now enforce a smoke-free policy, the first smoke-free apartment building for Dominium Management Services. The smoke-free policy covers all units and most of the grounds except a few designated areas. Now, after this success, other properties under Dominium’s management in the area will be evaluated to see if similar policies will work for those complexes. “The health and wellbeing of our residents is top priority,” commented Michelle Ellis-Hirlston, Regional Property Manager for Dominium Management, “A smoke-free building is safer and contributes to a better living environment and aligns better with the vast medical community of Rochester,” she concluded.

“My hope is that many people will make the decision to quit smoking altogether due to this policy being in place,” commented Eric Boline, Community Manager for The Villages at Essex Park. “I am not in the business of telling people they have to quit as it is their choice to smoke. But as more and more businesses and places become smoke free, I think more people will decide to quit.”

Updated Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:10PM