Montana Smokefree Housing

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  • As of 2018, the U.S. Housing of Urban Development (HUD) requires all public housing to adopt smokefree policies. The HUD rule restricts the use of prohibited tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookah. Use of these products is not allowed anywhere inside public housing buildings, including individual units, common areas, offices, or within 25 feet of the building(s). Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher Program) & Tribal Housing Authorities are not required to be smokefree.
  • MT Public Housing Authorities Covered by the HUD rule

Secondhand smoke exposure poses serious health threats to children and adults. For residents of multi-unit housing (e.g., apartment buildings and condominiums), secondhand smoke can be a major concern. It can migrate from other units and common areas and travel through doorways, cracks in walls, electrical lines, plumbing, and ventilation systems. (1) Additionally, thirdhand smoke or the toxic residue that persists in the air and on surfaces after smoking has stopped can continue to harm the health of residents, particularly young children for several months. (2)

Public and private multi-unit housing properties across Montana and the nation have moved to solve this problem by making their housing, including individual units, smokefree. (1) This move not only protects residents and staff from exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke, but also provides additional benefits, such as: (3)

  • Market advantages
  • Reduced fire risk
  • Reduced cleaning & turnover costs
  • Reduced legal liability
  • Fewer complaints
  • Potential insurance savings
  • Eliminates sealing/ventilation costs


  1. American Lung Association. Smokefree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing. https:// April 2021.
  2. Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center. Frequently Asked Questions. Accessed November 2021.
  3. Live Smoke Free Program. How to Create Affordable Smoke-Free Housing [Power Point]. August 2021.

For more information on Smokefree Housing contact MTUPP's Tobacco-Free Policy Specialist. Residents & housing providers may also contact their local County or Tribal Tobacco Prevention Specialist for additional information on Smokefree Housing and second/thirdhand smoke.

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