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About the Tobacco Prevention Network

Washington’s Tobacco Prevention Network works to provide a non-smoking environment throughout the public housing system by assisting housing authorities and landlords who administer Section 8 vouchers:

  • Adopt and implement no-smoking policies
  • Connect residents with smoking cessation programs

Why go smoke-free?

Smoking is a serious problem for residents of public housing – not just the people who smoke, but for their children and neighbors who are impacted by second-hand smoke.

It’s also a problem for landlords. Smoking results in increased maintenance costs for unit renovation, and is a frequent cause of fires resulting in property loss, injury, and death.

Members

The Tobacco Prevention Network is supported by a contract with the Washington State Department of Health. We operate as a partnership that includes:

Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Association of Washington Housing Authorities (and their members)
Pacific Northwest Regional Council of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

For more information or to request assistance, contact Julie Peterson, 1-800-323-2433 ext. 1898, JulieP@chef.org.

Tobacco Policies Resources and Links
Landlords with Section 8 Subsidies

Landlords and public housing authorities across Washington are adopting no-smoking policies. Interested in protecting your property from tobacco damage? These resources can help.

Since 2010 Washington’s 38 housing authorities have been implementing no-smoking policies for their public housing and other subsidized housing units. Thanks to their efforts, and with support from the Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (CHEF®), Pacific NW Regional Council of NAHRO, and the Association of Washington Housing Authorities 28 out of 38 agencies have adopted no-smoking policies, and five more are in the process.

As a Section 8 landlord, you can play a vitally important role in the movement to provide safe and healthy housing to the approximately 46,000 low-income households in Washington who receive Section 8 housing subsidies in units that they rent from you.

Our goal in providing you with this Resource Guide is to convince you that no-smoking policies make sense for your Section 8 subsidized housing, and your other, non-subsidized rental units as well.

Here are some questions that we commonly get from landlords; with answers that we hope will help you decide to make your properties smoke-free. Click here to download the document.

None of the above information should be taken as legal advice. You should consult your own legal counsel about implementing a no-smoking policy and lease & occupancy rule changes.

Resources from the Smoking Cessation Resources for Housing Authority Webinar, March 6, 2014
 
 

Webinar Recording
 
If you have trouble playing the above file it can be downloaded directly here.

Click here to download the powerpoint slides.

A webinar designed to provide housing authority management, resident services, and local public health department staff with information about resources that can assist with smoking cessation for the residents of public housing and other low income housing.


Resources from the No Smoking Policies for Section 8 Webinar, January 16, 2014
 
A free webinar designed to educate Section 8 employees in direct contact with private landlords about the benefits of no smoking policies in rental housing

Webinar Recording
 
If you have trouble playing the above file it can be downloaded directly here.

The elevator speech below will assist Section 8 staff members who are in regular, routine contact with Section 8 landlords to communicate the importance and benefits of no smoking policies for their rental properties. It is suggested that Section 8 staff take advantage of opportunities to share this information when they interact with those landlords. The elevator speech document is formatted to be downloaded and printed as a half page that can be carried to inspections and other meetings with landlords or management agents.

Elevator Speech for Encouraging Section 8 Landlords to Adopt a No Smoking Policy for Their Rental Units

No Smoking Policies for Section 8 Landlords

Resources from The Case for Uniform, Effective Enforcement of a No Smoking Policy Webinar, December 2, 2013
 
 

Webinar Recording
 
If you have trouble playing the above file it can be downloaded directly here.

Adoption of a no-smoking policy gets you part way to a smoke-free property. Now you have to enforce it. If compliance isn’t pursued with at least a minimal level of effort, there is a risk that the policy will be ignored. Join this lively call to find out how others are facing and solving enforcement challenges.

The Case for Uniform, Effective Enforcement of a No Smoking Policy PowerPoint

Case Studies of Washington Housing Authorities

Resource Material
 
Six Benefits of Going Smoke Free

Infiltration of Secondhand Smoke (2009)

No Constitutional Right to Smoke (2008)

Buildings with Grandfathered Smoking Units (chart)

Analysis of the authority of Housing Authorities and Section 8 multiunit housing owners to adopt smoke-free policies in their residential units - by Susan Schoenmarklin, JD
 

Planning Steps Material
 
Landlord's Guide to NS Policies (rev. 6-07)

 

Policy Materials
 
HUD Multi-family Optional SF Policy 2012-25

 

Public Housing Authorities

Planning Steps for Changing Tobacco-Related Policies and Practices
 
HAP’s Steps Toward a No-Smoking Policy

 

Surveys and other tools

Background and logistics for conducting a Healthy Air Survey of Residents, originally developed by Public Health Seattle and King County, as adapted and implemented by Housing Authority of Portland

 

Collaborations

Spokane Housing Authority: Telling Our Story

How Can Public Health Partners Support This Work from Health Insight LLC

 

Policies

 

If you have trouble playing the above file it can be downloaded directly here.
No Smoking Policy Plan Options & Talking Points for Housing Authorities

Model Smoke-Free Housing Policy (developed for Housing Commissions in Michigan)

Analysis of the authority of Housing Authorities and Section 8 multiunit housing owners to adopt smoke-free policies in their residential units - by Susan Schoenmarklin, JD

Public Health Law Center comparison of policies in subsidized housing compare to privately owned housing

PNRC – NAHRO Agencies That Have Adopted No Smoking Policies for Their Properties or Are Considering Doing So

PNRC Members Addendums and Policies:
Reasonable Accommodation Webinar March 8th 2012
 
Learning from other housing authorities
 
HUD – NO-SMOKING
Home Forward (formerly: Housing Authority of Portland – HAP):

Implementation Tools, Signs, Cessation
 
No-Smoking signage: Examples and artwork
www.smokefreehousinginfo.com/pages/Signs-smokefree%20property.html

Washington Department of Health Cessation Resources
www.doh.wa.gov/TOBACCO/quit/quit.htm

www.SmokefreeHousingNW.com

www.smokefreewashington.com

www.cdc.gov/healthyhomes/Healthy_Homes_Manual_WEB.pdf
 

Links to voluntary organizations and other groups supporting tobacco prevention and control
 
American Heart Association – Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease
www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3018961

American Lung Association – Washington – Tobacco Control
www.alaw.org/tobacco_control

Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids
www.kickbuttsday.org

Public Health Law and Policy - Tobacco Control
www.phlpnet.org/tobacco-control

 

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