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):
- Binghamton Housing Authority (Broome)
- Elmira Housing Authority (Chemung)
- Norwich Housing Authority (Chenango)
- Cortland Housing Authority (Cortland)
- Hornell Housing Authority (Steuben)
- Ithaca Housing Authority (Tompkins)
Through utilization of the 5A’s, an evidence-based practice for treating tobacco use and nicotine, providers can successfully support their patients to quit.
Below are additional resources available to providers to help support their clients in their efforts to quit tobacco:
- New York State Smokers’ Quitline
- New York State DOH Site: Talk to Your Patients
- New York State DOH Educational Materials
- Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free New York Grantees
- New York State Medicaid Managed Care Smoking Cessation Benefit
- New York State Medicaid Managed Care Pharmacy Benefit Information Center