Housing for Special Populations

As the movement to promote smoke-free policies in housing matures, the breadth of properties considering adopting a policy has expanded. While most policies are being implemented in private market-rate buildings, other segments of the housing market are also considering adopting smoke-free measures.  


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Tobacco-Free Assisted Living Resources (2016)

This collection presents the legal landscape of state regulations and provides the public health rationale for reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure in assisted living and similar residential care settings, where many of the most vulnerable members of society live, and where a disproportionate number of residents (and staff) either use tobacco products or are exposed to secondhand smoke.

Homeless person smoking

Underserved and Overlooked: Tobacco Addiction Among the Homeless Population (2017)

Policy brief that examines challenges in addressing tobacco use among homeless individuals, as well as promising tobacco control policies and cessation interventions for this population.

Homeless person

Tobacco Use Among the Homeless Population: Frequently Asked Questions (2016)

This publication provides answers to several common questions about tobacco use among members of the homeless population, including those who are chronically, episodically or transitionally homeless, and policies and approaches that state and local organizations, including shelters and related facilities, can take to reduce the use of tobacco in this population.