Smoke-Free NYCHA

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires all public housing to be smoke-free by July 30, 2018.

To meet this mandate, NYCHA’s smoke-free initiative, Smoke-Free NYCHA, is designed to create healthier homes for residents and healthier working environments for employees by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and providing support to residents and employees who smoke and want to quit.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Secondhand smoke can trigger asthma attacks and lead to stroke, heart attack, cancer, and respiratory illness.

Children and seniors, nearly half of all NYCHA residents, are often impacted the most. Eliminating smoking indoors and close to buildings is the best way to protect people from exposure to second hand smoke.

The new policy will take effect July 30th and will prohibit the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookah pipes in indoor common areas, within public housing units, in administrative offices, and in outdoor areas within 25 feet of NYCHA buildings.

Learn more about NYCHA’s collaboration with residents, the NYC Health Department and other partners:

Questions? Ideas? Contact NYCHA Health Initiatives at or via telephone at (212) 306-8282.
Please join us for community meetings on Smoke-Free NYCHA – dates and venues to be announced shortly.

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