Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) Go Smoke-Free

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The federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency recently announced that Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) will be going smoke-free in and around their buildings effective July 31, 2018.

This policy will apply to traditional tobacco products, but some PHAs have restricted electronic cigarette use as well. This can be an opportunity for health care and behavioral health providers to start/ continue conversations about tobacco cessation.

In the Southern Tier, the smoke-free policy will apply to the following properties (click on the name to learn more about a specific PHA):

Through utilization of the 5A’s, an evidence-based practice for treating tobacco use and nicotine, providers can successfully support their patients to quit.

https://talktoyourpatients.health.ny.gov/sites/default/files/the_5As.pdf

Below are additional resources available to providers to help support their clients in their efforts to quit tobacco: