New Opportunities: Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing and Tobacco Cessation | American Lung Association

New Opportunities: Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing and Tobacco Cessation

In November 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finalized a final rule requiring all federally-owned public housing to become smokefree by July 30, 2018. This rule will protect two million Americans from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, including 760,000 children.

The American Lung Association and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center recognize that many residents may use the rule as a motivation to quit smoking. Since almost 60 percent of federally-owned public housing residents have Medicaid as their primary healthcare coverage, improving Medicaid cessation benefits is a key piece of this effort. Below are a number of resources to improve Medicaid coverage of cessation treatment and to help smokers living in public housing quit, if they are ready. 

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