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Adopting a Smoke-Free Building Policy for Affordable Housing

Whether you are a Public Housing Authority, Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Community Development Agency, or a building with partial funding from HUD or the Rural Development Agency, you can adopt a smoke-free policy for your building. The requirements for implementing a smoke-free policy in affordable housing can vary depending on the type of subsidy or assistance the property receives, but you can learn more by contacting
Live Smoke Free.

In 2016, HUD announced a rule requiring all public housing to adopt smoke-free policies by July 30, 2018. The rule restricts the use of prohibited tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookah. Use of these products is not allowed anywhere inside public housing buildings including individual units, common areas, offices, or within 25 feet of the building(s). 

To find free resources and learn more about HUD's smoke-free public housing rule, visit


  • Model smoke-free policy language for public housing authorities (includes optional Temporary Exemption form) (pdf) (Word document)


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