On February 3, 2017, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) passed the Smoke-Free Housing Rule requiring all Public Housing Authorities nationwide to fully implement a smoke-free policy by July 30, 2018.
This documentary-style film documents the thoughts and views of NYCHA residents as well as public health professionals and tobacco control advocates regarding "Smoke-Free NYCHA", the New York City Housing Authority's response to the HUD Rule.
Since the launch of NYC Smoke-Free's Smoke-Free Housing campaign in 2009, we have worked with buildings, landlords and property managers to implement smoke-free protections for over 14,000 apartment units, impacting over 38,000 residents. Increasingly, NYC Smoke-Free has been working with affordable housing groups to adopt smoke-free policies for their buildings – in recent years our efforts began to include a focus on public housing residents. While New Yorkers with options are choosing housing with smoke-free protections, the great majority of New Yorkers who depend on NYCHA public housing and whose families are subjected to dangerous secondhand smoke pollution in their homes have few options but to stay where they are and endure the harmful exposure.