Sign In
Boston Public Health Commission Home

Smoke-Free Housing

Three Boston landlords share why they made the decision to #GoSmokeFree

See our newest campaign for landords called "We made it Smoke Free."


Increasing the number of smoke-free home environments means cleaner air, improved health, and increased safety for everyone, especially some of the most vulnerable Boston residents – children, the elderly, and those with respiratory and heart conditions.  It is also benefits landlords, who save time, money, and effort on maintenance and management.  

From 2014-2017, 
Boston REACH: Partners in Health and Housing is ​working to:

  • Improve the implementation of Boston Housing Authority (BHA)'s smoke-free housing policy in its public housing developments 
  • Increase the number of smoke-free BHA Rental Assisted/Section 8 housing units and mixed finance developments ​


BHA Public Housing

  • Development of a smoking violation reporting system, including a website with resources and a central email and phone line to report complaints
  • Trainings and technical assistance to BHA property managers and residents regarding the new system and smoke-free policy at BHA  

BHA Section 8 & Mixed Finance

  • Trainings and technical assistance to make more Section 8 properties smoke-free ​
  • Created a check box for BHA Section 8 landlords to list their properties as smoke-free to make it easier for tenants to find smoke-free housing  
  • Citywide Boston Smoke-Free Homes Campaign (launched August 2016) 


To learn more about our BHA Section 8 Smoke-Free Housing initiative, read our 
Success Story.  



Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last updated 1/6/2017​​

Boston Public Health Commission
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02118.
Phone:(617) 534-5395 Email: