New Opportunities: Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing and Tobacco Cessation
Presented by The American Lung Association and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
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.
Factsheets & Materials
- What Works to Help Smokers Quit (Coming Soon)
- Tobacco Cessation – What is required?
- Helping People Quit Smoking Saves Money
- Why to Include e-Cigarettes in Smokefree policies (Coming Soon)
- What's Covered Factsheets
- Cessation resources available for the Uninsured
- Template Letter to state Medicaid Director
- Template Letter outlining current resources to PHA Directors
- Template Slides – Tobacco Cessation Coverage Requirements
- New Opportunities: Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing and Tobacco Cessation (October 18, 2017) – Watch Now
Healthcare Provider Resources
From The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Smoking: Benefits of Quitting
- Smoking: Preparing to Quit
- Smoking: Strategies for Coping When Quitting
- Additional Print Materials
Quit Smoking Resources
- American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking (Lung.org/FFS or 1-800-LUNGUSA)
- The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Tobacco Treatment Program
- The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center EndTobacco® Program
- Food and Drug Administration's Every Try Counts (everytrycounts.gov)
- National Cancer Institute (smokefree.gov)
- State Quitlines – 1-800-QUITNOW
Other Important Links
- The National Center for Health in Public Housing (nchph.org/)
- Department of Housing and Urban Development's Smokefree Public Housing Resources (hud.gov/smokefreepublichousing)
- American Lung Association Smokefree Housing Toolkit (Lung.org/smokefree)
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