YWCA Spirit Valley to Go Completely Smoke-Free after Petition from Program

Updated: 08/18/2014 11:05 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 11:04 PM

The YWCA Spirit Valley Center in West Duluth is going completely smoke-free. It's not a new rule handed down from above -- the change started with those living there. 

The building houses apartments and a childcare center. There's already no smoking allowed in the building, but there were two smoking areas on the property. 

The Young Moms Program decided they wanted to change that, and petitioned the YWCA Board to make it happen.  

"I think for us, it's a very good sign that all the educational programming that we've been offering is starting to really take effect in people's lives," said Christyna Bodehamer, a program director with the Young Moms Program. "They're starting to think about big picture, of not only their health, but their children's health as well."

"We've been developing a timeline with them for a while now, really working them through the process so that it can be successful, doing cessation education with faculty, their staff members, and also some of the tenants here," said Rachel Loeffler-Kemp, with the American Lung Association. 

Now there's only one smoking area in the back. By next year at this time, there will be no smoking at all on the grounds.

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