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West J Nurs Res. 2019 Feb 10:193945919826238. doi: 10.1177/0193945919826238. [Epub ahead of print]

Public Support for Smoke-Free Section 8 Public Housing.

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1 American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence, Itasca, IL, USA.
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2 Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, USA.
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3 Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boston, MA, USA.
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4 Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA, USA.
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5 Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH, USA.
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6 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA.
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7 The University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA.

Abstract

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently issued rules requiring that federally funded authorities administering public housing must have smoke-free policies. Importantly, this requirement does not extend to Section 8 housing. Under the Section 8 program, public housing vouchers provide subsidies for private rental housing to low-income residents. This study examines support for smoke-free policy options in Section 8 housing. Using a nationally representative survey of adults, we asked 3,070 respondents to agree or disagree with two potential policies. The majority (71%) supported prohibiting indoor smoking everywhere inside buildings that have Section 8 housing units. Alternatively, respondents were less supportive (38%) of a policy to prohibit smoking only inside units with Section 8 subsidies, and allowing smoking in nonsubsidized units. Prohibiting smoking in all units in multiunit housing (MUH) buildings would help protect the health of both the 2.2 million households who receive Section 8 subsidies and their neighbors.

KEYWORDS:

public housing; secondhand smoke; smoking

PMID:
30741120
DOI:
10.1177/0193945919826238

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