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New Resources - Smokefree Public Housing Workshop

In September 2017, the American Cancer Society and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and with the support of nine partner organizations, sponsored a Smokefree Public Housing Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to enhance the capacity of states to implement a new HUD landmark smokefree policy aimed at provideing a smoke-free environment for public housing residents. The workshop objectives were to:

  • Develop and strengthen relationships between smokefree public housing partners within states
  • Present strategies to implement the HUD Smokefree Public Housing Rule
  • Share examples of successful Public Housing Authorities (PHA) efforts in implementing smokefree public housing policies
  • Identify tools and resources that assist with the implementation of HUD's Smokefree Rule
  • Create action plans by teams of stakeholders

Through a selection process, six states, comprised of seven team members, attended the one-and-a-half (1.5) day workshop and developed action plans. Post-workshop, the teams are receiving approximately a year of technical assistance to help facilitate implementation of their state action plans. The American Cancer Society coordinates and provides the technical assistance in collaboration with partner organizations. Slides from the workshop are available for download below:

The Smokefree Public Housing Workshop Resources Summary provides a list of resources created by federal agencies and national organizations and associations. The document provides descriptions of and links to guidance documents for supporting smokefree public housing and smoking cessation programs, toolkits, campaigns and publications.