HUD to Enforce Smoke-Free Policy

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is requiring all public housing agencies across the nation, including Alabama, to be smoke free by July 31, 2018. In November of 2016, HUD announced its final rule requiring all public housing agencies to implement smoke-free policies over the following 18 months.

To support this effort, the American Lung Association will assist public housing agencies to transition through the new Smokefree Public Housing Initiative. The Lung Association will share best practices to implement smoke-free housing policies, provide quit-smoking support to residents who are ready to quit, and other information on lung cancer screening to those who might qualify.

“A move to smoke-free public housing will protect the health of millions of people from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke,” said American Lung Association Health Promotions Manager, Hazel Kochi.

Through this new initiative across ten states, including Alabama, the American Lung Association will provide public housing agencies and other low-income housing providers with technical assistance, expertise, resources and support to implement the smoke-free housing policies.

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