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Smoke-free Housing HUD Proposal
On December 6, 2016 the final Smoke-free Housing rule proposed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development became final. “This rule requires each public housing agency (PHA) administering public housing to implement a smoke-free policy. Specifically, no later than 18 months from the effective date of the rule, each PHA must implement a “smoke-free” policy banning the use of prohibited tobacco products in all public housing living units, indoor common areas in public housing, and in PHA administrative office buildings. The smoke-free policy must also extend to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the public housing and administrative office buildings. This rule improved indoor air quality in the housing; benefits the health of public housing residents, visitors, and PHA staff; reduces the risk of catastrophic fires, and lowers overall maintenance costs.” For more information on this final rule click HERE
Benefits of Smoke-free Housing
Smoke-free policies create a safer and healthier living environment for their residents. Smoke-free housing policies are completely legal-There is no “right to smoke” in any U.S law. Smoke-free policies are profitable for housing providers by reducing cleaning fees and insurance costs, as smoking is the leading cause of fire damage. On average, the turnover cost for a smoking unit costs up to four times the amount as smoke-free units when accounting for cleaning, painting, and replacing flooring and appliances.
Kane County Smoke-Free Housing Map
Kane County Smoke-Free Housing Directory
Smoke-free housing info from HUD:

A Toolkit for Residents of Federally Assisted Public and Multi-family Housing

Smoke-Free Housing Toolkit for Public Housing Authorities and Owners/Management Agents
The American Lung Association provides Certificates of Recognition, acknowledging properties that have adopted smoke-free policies. The American Lung Association encourages additional property owners/managers to adopt a smoke-free policy and also assist tenants in locating a smoke-free property.

To be considered for a Certificate of Recognition, the property manager/owner must submit a completed Illinois Smoke-free Housing Recognition Consideration Form and a copy of the lease agreement or addendum that states there is a smoke-free policy to IL.SmokeFree@Lung.org or 312-781-9250.
American Lung Association Smokefree Housing Directory Recognition Consideration Application
The Kane County Health Department is committed to helping multi-unit housing communities go smoke-free.

Please contact us if you would like to partner to make your building smoke-free, or if you have any questions about smoke free housing policies.
Alexis Slivka, MPH
Community Health Specialist
  630-264-7670
Email:  slivkaalexis@co.kane.il.us
Resources:
1. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2015). Instituting Smoke-Free Public Housing. Retrieved from: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=smoke-freepublichousing.pdf
2. Respiratory Health Association. (2016). Smoke-Free is Legal Profitable Easy. Retrieved from: http://www.lungchicago.org/site/files/487/103730/359174/745714/RHA_Smoke-Free_Housing_Toolkit.pdf
 
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