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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

Detroit Housing Commission adopts SF policy

Monday, August 23, 2010  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

The Detroit Housing Commission — Michigan’s largest public housing authority — adopted a smoke-free policy for all its multi-family properties. The smoke-free policy goes into effect for all residents — no grandfathering — on January 1, 2011 in all its 15 properties with a total of 2,118 units. The policy covers 10 elderly buildings with 1,440 units and 5 family buildings with 678 units. Smoking will only be allowed in outdoor designated smoking areas, if any. The Detroit Housing Commission will provide assistance to residents to quit smoking.

Michigan now has 42 housing commissions with smoke-free policies for some or all their properties. The policies cover about 85 apartment buildings/developments and over 384 townhouses/scattered site units, with about 7,744 total apartment units. Three of the largest housing commissions in Michigan now have adopted smoke-free policies — Grand Rapids with about 900 units, Detroit with 2,118 units, and Lansing with 834 units.

Nationally, there are now at least 179 local housing authorities that have adopted smoke-free policies for some or all their properties. Among the largest housing authorities to have adopted smoke-free policies for almost all their properties are the 3 three Michigan ones named above; Portland, Oregon with 1,993 units covered and may be adding 3,760 units soon; and Everett, Washington with 1,047 units to be smoke-free in June, 2011. Other large housing authorities that have adopted smoke-free policies, but only for a few of their properties or are phasing in the smoke-free policies over the next few years include: Minneapolis, Boston, Denver, and Seattle. To access an updated listing of all the housing authorities we know of with smoke-free policies please click on

Source: e-mail communication from Jim Bergman, J.D., Smoke-Free Environments Law Project,  The Center for Social Gerontology, Inc.

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