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Tobacco-Free Alaska - Multi-Unit Housing Tobacco Free Policy

Everyone Deserves a Smokefree Home!

Tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure are high in multiunit housing, and according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 1 in 3 nonsmokers who live in rental housing are exposed to secondhand smoke in the U.S.

Knowing the risks of exposure to secondhand smoke, housing authorities and private owners of multi-unit housing in Alaska and across the country have been making their properties smokefree for a number of years. In 2016 HUD mandated that all their funded public housing properties be smokefree by July 2018​.

There are a number of facts about the hazards of exposure to secondhand smoke and how it occurs in multi-unit housing, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a wonderful information page to make it easy to understand.

Important facts to remember:

  • Secondhand smoke causes disease and early death in children and in adults who do not smoke
  • The home is the main place where children are exposed to secondhand smoke.


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Looking for smokefree housing in Alaska? Log on to for housing availability as well as landlord and resident resources. For immediate access, below are viewable and downloadable elements of the Alaska Smokefree Multi-Unit landlord toolkit:


Banner Photo: Loussac Place, a Cook Inlet Housing Authority smokefree property.