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Smoke-Free Public Housing: Reducing Tobacco Use among Public Housing Residents

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Smoke-Free Public Housing: Reducing Tobacco Use among Public Housing Residents

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Time: 1pm – 2pm EDT

Summary: On December 5, 2016, HUD published a final rule requiring all Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) administering low-income, conventional public housing to initiate a smoke-free policy. The Rule was effective on February 3, 2017 with an 18-month implementation period. Currently, more than 600 PHAs and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) have already voluntarily adopted smoke-free policies, resulting in 228,000 public housing units that are smoke free. Once the Rule has been implemented, another 940,000 public housing units, including more than 500,000 units inhabited by elderly residents and 760,000 units with children, will become smoke free. During the 18-month implementation period, PHAs anticipate that their main challenge will be implementing the ban without smoking cessation programs in place. Health Centers in or immediately accessible to public housing have an opportunity to partner with PHAs and support public housing residents in their efforts to quit smoking

Panelists:

  • Merrie Nichols-Dixon, Deputy Director, Public and Indian Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Simon McNabb, Senior Policy Advisor, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Anne DiGiulio, Manager Lung Health Policy, American Lung Association

Learning Objectives:

  • Review HUD’s rule banning smoking in public housing
  • Discuss smoking cessation coverage to Medicaid Enrollees
  • Identify key strategies for promoting Medicaid cessation Coverage
  • Describe CDC’s TIPS campaign and available resources
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