Smokefree Public Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

People who live in public housing will soon be able to breathe smokefree air at home. 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) adopted a rule that requires all Public Housing Authorities/Agencies (PHAs) to implement a 100% smokefree policy for their public housing properties by July 31, 2018. The rule will bring smokefree air to all indoor areas of public housing, as well as within 25 feet of buildings and on attached balconies and patios.

HUD’s decision will reduce secondhand smoke exposure and address health disparities by ensuring that the 2 million Americans who live in public housing have a healthier living environment. 

Did you know that more than 670 housing authorities have already adopted a smokefree policy? PHAs all over the U.S. are working with residents and partners to adopt their smokefree policies, and we are here to help. 

HUD’s rule allows PHAs to adopt stronger policies that include e-cigarette use and additional outdoor spaces, and we encourage them to do so using our model smokefree policy language designed specifically for PHAs. Contact us to learn how we can help support PHAs as they adopt and implement smokefree policies.

Where Can I Find More Information?

Our sister organization, the ANR Foundation, has fact sheets, model policy language, steps to adopt your policy, links to HUD resources, and much more.

SMOKEFREE PUBLIC HOUSING IS A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT FOR RESIDENTS AND STAFF.

1/3 OF ADULTS

who receive HUD assistance smoke, a rate 2x higher than the general population. Half of these smokers tried to quit in the last year. Smokefree housing can support residents who want to quit and connect them with cessation support.

1 IN 3 PEOPLE

who rent their home are exposed to secondhand smoke, as are 2 in 5 people living below the poverty level.

PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS

have higher rates of illnesses that are worsened by secondhand smoke exposure. Smokefree buildings help reduce exposure and create a healthier living environment.

HOUSING AUTHORITIES SAVE MONEY

because a smokefree policy reduces damage, which leads to maintenance savings and reduced turnover time. Smokefree buildings also lower the risk of fire.

Steps to Go Smokefree: Recommendations for Public Housing Agencies

Learn actions that PHAs can take to implement a smokefree policy.

Implementing HUD's Smoke-Free Policy in Public Housing

HUD's guidebook is an essential resource for adopting and enforcing a smokefree policy.

HUD Smokefree Public Housing Resources

Get many different resources from HUD on implementing smokefree public housing.

Model public housing smokefree policy language

PHAs can use this language to adopt a smokefree policy that meets and exceeds HUD’s requirements.

Talking with Residents about Your Building's Smokefree Policy

Learn tips for talking with residents about going smokefree and addressing common concerns.

Enforcement Tips for Building Managers and Maintenance Staff

Get recommendations for achieve compliance with a smokefree policy at your properties.

Supporting Implementation of HUD’s Smokefree Public Housing Rule

Find suggestions for Health Departments and public health partners about ways to help PHAs implement HUD’s rule.

ANR Statement on Implementation of HUD Smokefree Rule

ANR recognizes HUD’s landmark decision to improve health and safety by requiring smokefree public housing.