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Non-Regulatory Approaches to Advance Smoke-Free Housing Margaret Reid Boston Public Health Commission 5/29/2014. Boston’s Approach. Multi-level campaign launched in 2010 ending October 2012 re-launched in Spring 2014 Mix of incentives, systems changes and awareness building

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Non regulatory approaches to advance smoke free housing margaret reid

Non-Regulatory Approaches to Advance Smoke-Free Housing

Margaret Reid

Boston Public Health Commission

5/29/2014


Boston s approach

Boston’s Approach

  • Multi-level campaign launched in 2010 ending October 2012

    • re-launched in Spring 2014

  • Mix of incentives, systems changes and awareness building

    • Promote non-regulatory sfh in Boston multi-family housing across the income spectrum

    • Target resources to housing for low and moderate income residents

    • Offer smoking cessation resourcesfor staff and residents


Why voluntary

Why Voluntary?

  • 2009 Massachusetts survey revealed high tenant demand, low availability and landlord confusion regarding legality

  • Board of Health was implementing a number of regulatory tobacco policies

  • Smoke free housing was a new concept, with many misconceptions

    • ‘Regulating low income residents’


Build into existing systems

Build into existing systems

  • Strong recommendation in all notice of grant awards for affordable housing development

  • First time home buyer classes

  • Boston Home Center

  • Section 8 landlord trainings


Technical assistance and training

Technical Assistance and Training

  • To ensure successful transitions

    • Boston Housing Authority

    • 6 nonprofit community development corporations through competitive process

    • Section 8 landlords who own small properties through Section 8 administrators


Raise awareness

Raise Awareness

  • Large public awareness campaign and earned media involving Mayor

  • Targeted to housers

  • Smoke Free Housing Registry and website


  • Facilitators

    Facilitators

    • BHA took on highly visible role helped to move forward

  • Boston BRFSS data showing health and health behaviors by housing type

  • Strong leadership by Mayor

    • History of working with housers on environmental health

    • Excellent public insurance cessation benefit and nicotine patch give away.


  • Current activities

    Current Activities

    • Providing training and TA to 7 housers with 4,400 units.

    • Transitioned registry to Boston’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity which maintains rental housing listings.

    • Participating in CDC dissemination plan for smoke free housing video.

    • Potential for smoke-free check box in Boston’s required rental registry.


    Funding support

    Funding Support

    • DHHS/CDC Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Tobacco Prevention Initiative

    • HUD Healthy Homes Demonstration grant

    • Boston Tobacco Prevention and Control Program


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