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National Smoke-Free Rule for PHAs


In December 2016, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a final rule (Rule) requiring each Public Housing Agency (PHA) administering low-income, conventional public housing to implement a smoke-free policy. The Rule prohibits lit tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars or pipes) in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. The Rule took effect in February 2017 and included an 18-month implementation period, with all PHAs expected to comply and have a smoke-free policy in place by July 31, 2018.
The goals of the new Rule are to:

  • improve the health of all PHA residents by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke;
  • reduce damage to PHA units (and subsequent repair and cleaning costs) caused by smoking;
  • and reduce fire risk.

As the new Rule is implemented, PHAs, as well as federal, state and local health agencies, will also promote a variety of cessation services (such as state quitlines) available to PHA residents who are interested in quitting.  In January 2016, NAQC submitted formal response in the form of a letter to HUD that strongly supported HUDs proposal to implement a national smoke-free Rule for PHAs. NAQC’s response to HUDs request for comments was developed based on feedback submitted from NAQC members and stakeholders. Click here to read NACQ’s full response.

National Smoke-Free Housing Efforts


Description: 65803759-8492-4B51-8BB1-F28EB1D4A28F@hsd1NAQC in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at theUniversity of California San Francisco (SCLC) is implementing a national, project - Helping Smokers Quit: Smoke-Free Public Housing (HSQ:SFPH). Through this effort, NAQC, ACS and SCLC will be collaborating with PHAs, state quitlines, and community health centers (CHCs) to help residents in public housing quit smoking for good. This collaboration will start as a pilot program in 6 communities in Florida, California, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, to help all interested residents get support to quit smoking. The goal of the effort is to increase the demand for cessation services among PHA residents to reduce tobacco use and improve the overall health, well‐being and equity of PHA communities.

In the coming months NAQC will be releasing resources and hosting webinars to disseminate a repository of existing activities that state quitlines are conducting to better reach and serve PHA residents. Resource will be posted to this page so check back often for additional view additional content.

Interested in learning more about the SFPH:HQS project? Click here to visit the project website which features information on the pilot sites, Project ECHO archived presentations, project newsletters and additional resources.

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NAQC Resources

Report - Will HUD’s Smoke-free Rule Motivate Residents to Quit? Measuring the Number of Public Housing Residents Who Receive Quitline Services.
In 2018, NAQC received a grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that supported production of the new report, titled:
Will HUD’s Smoke-free Rule Motivate Residents to Quit? Measuring the Number of Public Housing Residents Who Receive Quitline Services. This report provides an overview of the process undertaken by NAQC to develop a standard intake question to assess the number of callers to state quitlines that reside in public housing and to gain adoption of the question. The report includes NAQC’s new time-limited optional intake question, survey information on states that have adopted or intend to adopt the question, and information from 29 states on their activities to support implementation of HUD’s new smokefree rule. Finally, the report features relevant resources from CDC, HUD, and NAQC.

February 28, 2019: How Quitlines are Increasing Access to Cessation Service Among PHA Residents through Collaborations with PHAs and CHCs

Description: Quitline Map
Web Resources
– For information about quitline services in your state, please use NAQC’s free tool, an interactive map, which provides a profile on each state quitline with details about services offered, hours of operation, patient referrals, and more.  Click here to access NAQC’s Quitline Map.



National Smoke-Free Public Housing Resources 

Link to the HUD Rule and Smoke-Free Resources
This website provides the Final Rule Notice as well as resources to help PHA Owners/ Management Agents and residents plan for, implement, and build support for smoke-free policies for PHAs and Multifamily federally assisted properties. Resources available on the website include:

  • Implementing HUDs Smoke-Free Rule Guidebook with Fact Sheets, recommended 18-month Implementation Timeline and Checklist 
  • Smoke-Free Housing Action Guide that offers tips, real stories and best practices from experienced public housing administrators and owners/agents of multifamily housing. 
  • Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Toolkits for Owners/Management Agents and Residents
  • Access to webinars on the smoke-free Rule

Information and resources can be accessed by visiting -


Link to CDC’s Healthy Home Webpage

A resource page that provides information on HUD’s smoke-free rule, information on effects of secondhand smoke and resources to quit smoking.

If you have questions or are looking for additional information on the smoke-free housing rule, please contact



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