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Public Health Officials Want Smoke-Free Apartments

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Public health officials in Champaign are hoping to convince landlords to ban smoking in apartments.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District says making apartments smoke free would improve the health of residents who can be exposed to secondhand smoke from their neighbors. 

Julie Pryde is the district's administrator. She tells the Champaign News-Gazette that the effort comes as the University of Illinois bans smoking on campus.  

Health officials say at least 20 area rental companies already ban smoking on their properties and are hoping that other landlords follow suit. The public health district is offering landlords information about how to amend leases along with smoke-free signs for their properties.

The American Lung Association says about 1.3 million people living in multifamily buildings in Illinois are exposed to secondhand smoke.

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