Tools for Tobacco Control Professionals working on Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing
In 2011-2012, Live Smoke Free received a grant to provide training, technical assistance, and mentoring to Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grantees and any other health professionals working on smoke-free multi-housing around the country.
The links and information below are results of that work. If you have questions about these resources or about our project and technical assistance, please feel free to contact Live Smoke Free at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-646-3005.
- "Smoking and Special Populations," a pamphlet addressing myths & reducing barriers to providing smoke-free housing for individuals with mental illness, chemical dependency or those who are homeless.
Free Webinars -- Stages of Smoke-Free Multi-Housing Program Development
Between October 2011 and March 2012, Live Smoke Free hosted a 9-part webinar series discussing topics related to building and maintaining a smoke-free housing program. Webinars featured expert speakers and allowed listeners to learn what's happening in the smoke-free housing movement around the country.
Click the links below to listen to the recorded archives and to view sample documents referenced in the sessions.
- The Case for Smoke-Free Housing: The importance of adopting smoke-free housing policies.
Includes information on the dangers of secondhand smoke; how smoke moves through a building; the market demand for smoke-free housing; the dangers of cigarette-related fires; and the cost savings of smoke-free policies.
Aired: Thursday, October 20, 2011 12:00-1:30pm Central Time
- Getting to Know the Multi-Housing Industry: Assessing housing stock and learning what's important to the housing industry.
Includes information on how to assess a community's housing stock; finding existing smoke-free buildings; learning about local trade associations; speaking the lingo of the housing industry; and how subsidized, market-rate, and specialty housing differ.
Aired: Thursday, October 27, 2011 12:00-1:30pm Central Time
- Building Your Smoke-Free Housing Program: Creating goals, materials, and procedures to sustain a program.
Includes information on the differences between the voluntary policy approach and the public policy approach; how to build a database or tracking system; deciding what services and materials your program will offer; creating a listing of smoke-free buildings that can be shared with the public; and conducting survey research on market demand.
Aired: Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:00-1:30pm Central Time
- Understanding Legal Issues: Learning local, state, and federal laws pertaining to multi-housing.
Includes information on legal resources around the country; general landlord/tenant laws; legal case studies regarding smoke-free housing; researching state-specific laws around tobacco and multi-housing; federal laws protecting renters from secondhand smoke; avoiding discrimination claims when a building goes smoke free; and other policy options such as low-income housing tax credits.
Aired: Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:00-1:30pm Central Time
- Strategies to Reach the Housing Industry: Getting your message to property owners/managers.
Includes information on indentifying and meeting with local organizations that work with housing; attending multi-housing conferences; conducting mailings and training sessions to owners/managers; utilizing earned and paid media; and working with nontraditional industries such as green building initiatives, insurance providers, and rental search services.
Aired: Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:00-1:30pm Central Time
- Working with Property Owners/Managers to Adopt a Smoke-Free Policy: The policy adoption process.
Includes information on how policy adoption differs for rental and owner-occupied multi-housing; discussing the benefits of policy adoption with owners/managers; helping owners/managers conduct a survey of building residents; assisting owners/managers with notifying residents of policy change and writing a smoke-free lease addendum; promoting smoke-free buildings; and training owners/managers on enforcing a policy.
Aired: Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:00-1:30pm Central Time
- Providing Cessation in Smoke-Free Buildings: Helping current residents make the transition to a smoke-free environment
Includes information on getting connected to local cessation programs; how cessation can work in disparate populations; providing owners/managers with cessation materials and talking points for offering cessation to residents and employees.
Aired: Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:00-1:30pm Central Time
- Working with Renters Exposed to Secondhand Smoke: Empowering renters suffering from secondhand smoke drift.
Includes information on renters' rights; encouraging renters to talk with their building owner/manager; and connecting renters to local legal services.
Aired: Thursday, February 9, 2012 12:00-1:30pm Central Time
- Program Sustainability: Creating lasting partnerships and systems changes.
Includes information on utilizing other smoke-free housing programs in the country; strategies for continuing a program on limited resources; and finding additional funding.
Aired: Thursday, February 23, 12:00-1:30pm Central Time