HUD Releases Smoke-Free Guidebook

On July 13, HUD released a new guidebook on implementing HUD’s Smoke-Free Policy in Public Housing relating to the “Instituting Smoke-Free Public Housing” Final Rule. The guidebook includes reasons to adopt a smoke-free policy, policy dates and deadlines, how to implement a smoke-free policy, and a recommended 18-month timeline.

PHAs have until July 30, 2018 to implement smoke-free policies for their public housing properties. Policies must prohibit smoking within all public housing units and common spaces. Smoking must also be prohibited within 25 feet of all public housing buildings, including administration buildings.

HUD released additional guidance on instituting and enforcing smoke-free public housing policies in February.

HUD’s guidebook can be found on NAHRO’s Public Housing Resource Page (members only).

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