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The District of Columbia Housing Authority’s counting down to being smoke free.

DCHA’s Board of Commissioners approved the final regulations to comply with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that requires all public housing communities nationwide to go smoke-free by July 30. The new rule applies to every household and all DCHA employees. 

Residents, visitors and staff are not permitted to smoke within 25 feet of public housing buildings.  Several DCHA employees have been trained to be Smoke Free Facilitators and will begin leading cessation classes at each property for those customers who are interested in quitting smoking.

The 2017 National Health Interview Survey, released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in June 2018, show adult smoking rates decreasing from 15.5 percent in 2016 to 13.9 percent in 2017. However, smoking rates are still higher with people with lower income or educational levels, those with behavioral health conditions, LGBT people, and those living in rural communities. The study is still awaiting final confirmation. 

During the months of June and July, DCHA property managers have been contacting customers to sign a lease addendum related to this new rule. All heads of household must sign this addendum.

DCHA is committed to informing customers and general public when the policy goes into effect through a countdown clock found on the agency’s website. 

For those interested in quitting smoking, click here for a list of resources.

 

Last modified: 7/26/2018 3:27:05 PM