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Smoke-Free Housing at BHA

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A message about the effects of smoking from our 2015 BHA Youth Health Ambassadors in their video titled, Smoking is Your Biggest Opponent.

Smoking is one of the biggest health risks in your home. Smoking is not only bad for you but, it also affects others through secondhand smoke. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Children and those with breathing problems like asthma are especially sensitive to the effects of secondhand smoke. Smoking is also a major cause of fires within multi-family buildings. Boston Housing Authority (BHA) implemented a Smoke-Free Housing Policy on September 30, 2012, which prohibits smoking in resident apartments. If you are a BHA resident, see how you can report a smoking violation.

What Does the Smoke-Free Policy Mean?

Smoke-free housing means that no one is permitted to smoke anywhere inside the apartment building or outside within 15 feet of the buildings. The non-smoking policy applies to every member of the household, as well as all visitors. This policy does not mean that residents who smoke cannot reside in the housing properties – they just cannot smoke in non-smoking designated areas.

Violating the policy by smoking in non-designated areas is a lease violation and could result in eviction or a fine. While quitting smoking can be difficult, there are resources available to help. If this is something you are interested in, see your management office regarding available services to help you quit.

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Reporting a Smoking Violation

It is important that if you see someone violating the Smoke-Free Policy, that you report them to the BHA in order for us to assure that everyone is complying with the Smoke-Free Policy which is a part of their lease with BHA. 

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Send us an email to

Your email report will be entered into our database and forwarded to your manager. 

Call the BHA Smoking Violation Report Line at 617-988-5030.

Your voicemail report will be entered into our database and forwarded to your manager. 

If you are Section 8 tenant or landlord seeking more information on going smoke-free take a look at Boston Public Health Commission's page on Smoke Free Homes. See additional Smoke-Free Living Resources below.

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Smoking-Free Living Resources

List of Tobacco Treatment Programs Serving Boston Residents
(and others)

Free onsite Smoking Cessation Program

The BHA is offering free stop smoking assistance for anyone who is interested in trying to quit. Sessions include counseling and free nicotine patches for those who medically qualify.

For more information contact Christine Coscia, Tobacco Treatment Specialist at: 617-750-1343. is a resource website from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health providing many resources around smoke-free living, including the following:

Massachusetts Smokers’ Helpline
A free and confidential telephone counseling service for Massachusetts residents who want help to end their tobacco use.

They also provide a lot of information on Smoke-Free Environments tailored for landlords, tenants and advocates of Smoke-Free Living including a How to Go Smoke-Free Guide for Landlords of Multi-Unit Housing.

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