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 Contact Us

​For questions regarding the UCLA-SAFE project, please Email Us​ or call 1-866-252-3383.

To reach our staff:

Peggy Toy, MA
Program Director

Marlene Gomez, MPH
Program Manager

Terry Kanakri
Communications Specialist

Project Partners include:
Visit our Frequently Asked Questons wepgage to learn more about the project.

 Secondhand Smoke is Harmful to Your Health


​Are you breathing your neighbor’s secondhand smoke? Don’t know what to do? Want to complain, but you’re not sure anything can be done to protect you and your family. If so, we’re here to help. Living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you have no choice but to live in a smoke-filled environment.

Our Smokefree Apartment Living LA initiative is here to provide you with the resources you need to help you obtain a healthy environment where you live.

As a person living in an apartment, you have every right to live in a safe environment, where you and your family aren’t exposed to anything that’s harmful to your health. Secondhand smoke falls under that category.

Did you know that based on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, more than one in three non-smokers nationwide who live in rental housing are exposed to secondhand smoke. And the effects on their health are substantial.

Did you also know that about six in 10 Angelinos live in apartments, where they are at-risk of being exposed to unwanted secondhand smoke in their homes? This is mainly due to secondhand smoke originating from units or common areas where smoking occurs and seeps into nearby smokefree apartments.

There’s no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure, which kills more than 41,000 non-smokers each year. But you can take steps to protect your health and that of your family.
We can provide you the tools and resources to help you talk to your landlord about the secondhand smoke that’s drifting into your home. Some tips include:
• Share your health concerns with your landlord.
• Provide him/her with information regarding the benefits of smokefree apartments.
As part of the Smokefree Apartment Living LA initiative, we’re partnering with CDTech, FAME Corporations and other community-based organizations, which can further assist you in your efforts to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke inside your apartment. You may also contact the Smokefree Apartment House Registry at 818-363-4220 or via email at for assistance.

If you’re a person who smokes and have considered kicking the nicotine habit, remember that it’s never too late to quit. By doing so, you’ll improve your health and that of your loved ones.
Contact Us
For further assistance, please call 1-866-252-3383 or email

This project is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention