Smokefree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: Steps for Success

Smokefree Housing Initiative logoThe American Lung Association worked with experts around the United States to develop this online curriculum on how to implement a smokefree policy in multi-unit housing properties like apartments and condominiums. This course was created as part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), an initiative funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and administered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Secondhand smoke exposure poses serious health threats to children and adults. For residents of multi-unit housing (e.g., apartment buildings and condominiums), secondhand smoke can be a major concern. It can migrate from other units and common areas and travel through doorways, cracks in walls, electrical lines, plumbing, and ventilation systems. Learn more by reading our issue brief, "Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing: Bringing Healthy Air Home"  (Spanish version available here).

By taking this course, participants will have the information and tools to:

  • Communicate the health and economic impact of secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing.
  • Engage with building managers, property owners, policymakers, residents and other stakeholders to adopt smokefree multi-unit housing policies.
  • Plan and implement a successful smokefree multi-unit housing policy.
  • Identify resident rights and responsibilities, as well as options for providing services to help smokers quit.

To access the course:

  1. Accessing this course is quick and easy via American Lung Association's LUNGsmart. Simply register by clicking HERE.
    Click "New User" and complete the short form.
    You will use your email address as your username and create a password.
  2. To take the course, log back into LUNGsmart using your email/username and password.
    Click on the "Catalog" tab
    From the "Catalog" page, select the Public Health Education category and locate the SmokeFree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing course.

If you need technical assistance please submit your questions to system.support@lung.org with LUNGsmart in the subject line.

The resources used throughout the course are collected in the "Advocates' Toolbox." If you'd like to download the entire Toolbox now, click here. The contents are organized by the order in which they are presented.