Montana Smokefree Housing

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HUD & Smokefree Living

The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) 

HUD provides federal aid to local housing agencies that manage housing for low-income residents. As of August, 2018, all HUD-funded Public Housing Authorities are required be smokefree! Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher program) & Tribal Housing Authorities are not required to be smokefree.

  • The HUD rule disallows the use of tobacco products in the following 7 areas:
    1. Indoor areas of public housing
    2. Living units
    3. Indoor common areas
    4. Electrical closets
    5. Storage units
    6. PHA administrative office buildings
    7. All outdoor areas within 25 feet of the housing & administrative office buildings
  • MT Public Housing Authorities Covered by the HUD rule

For more information on Smokefree Housing contact MTUPP's Tobacco-Free Policy Specialist.

Secondhand smoke – the smoke that comes from a lighted tobacco product or from a person who is smoking tobacco – contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Of these chemicals, 11 are known cancer-causing poisons and 250 are known toxins.  The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report,  " The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke " concluded that there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke, and the only way to protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke is to eliminate the smoke exposure.

Children are especially vulnerable to secondhand smoke toxins, since they breathe faster than adults, and weigh less. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms and slowed lung growth.

A minimum of 38,000 and up to 65,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. as a result of diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke. Adults exposed to secondhand smoke are at a 25-30% increased risk of coronary heart disease. Thousands of people in the U.S. suffer from conditions caused by or made worse by secondhand smoke.

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