The acceptability of comprehensive smoke-free policies to low-income tenants in subsidized housing

Prev Chronic Dis. 2010 May;7(3):A66. Epub 2010 Apr 15.


Our objective was to evaluate the acceptability of a comprehensive smoke-free policy among low-income tenants in a group of subsidized, multiunit buildings. We conducted a mixed-methods evaluation that included questionnaires mailed to 839 tenants and follow-up telephone interviews with 23 tenants who were current, former, and never smokers. Most never and former smokers supported the policy, citing improved health, fire safety, and building cleanliness; most current smokers disliked the policy and did not follow it. Messages focusing on shared community-level concerns, accompanied by smoking cessation resources, may support the transition to smoke-free policies in subsidized housing.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Plan Implementation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Policy*
  • Housing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Leasing, Property / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oregon
  • Poverty*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Smoking Cessation / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution