Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Toolkit


Clear Gains, Wisconsin’s smoke-free multi-unit housing initiative, promotes voluntary smoke-free policies in multi-unit housing across the state. Smoke-free housing is about saving property managers money and hassle, and providing residents with a healthier place to live.

Property Highlights

Property highlights are to be used to spotlight properties that have already gone smoke-free and be used as a resource example for managers/owners that are thinking about going smoke-free. If you would like to add a property you have been working with to the spotlight list, fill out the draft below.

Steps for Achieving Smoke-Free MUH Policies

This information helps coordinators prepare for work in smoke-free multi-unit housing (SFMUH). Where to begin depends on your local context. Contact your contract administrator or state SFMUH leads Jaime Zach for help.

Preparing for Outreach

The presentation template and logo can be used in your material and presentations.

Six Guiding Principles

  1. Focus on decision makers Outreach and education is directed at decision makers such as property owners and managers to create the highest impact of residents affected.

  2. Business impact is leading message Smoke-free policies are profitable, popular, legal, and healthy.  The health impacts of eliminating secondhand smoke are an important supporting message.

  3. Prohibit smoking, NOT smokers It needs to be very clear that smokers are still allowed to live in complexes with these policies.

  4. Voluntary, not regulatory policies Voluntary policies allow us to build a relationship with housing authorities and property managers in a positive fashion.

  5. Avoid tenant/property owner disputes Provide knowledge and resources and work to avoid disputes between parties.

  6. Public and private housing Ensure that both public and private housing are covered in outreach.

A lot of this work is meeting and presenting the benefits of smoke-free housing to property managers and owners. These resources can be used to prepare for and use in meetings and presentations.

Property Manager and Owner Resources

These materials are also housed on Clear Gains (

Education on the Benefits Making the Switch

Resident Resources

These materials are also housed on Clear Gains (

Tools to Help Someone Quit Smoking

Videos Available for Outreach


A lot of work goes into getting a smoke-free housing policy implemented. Be sure to track the policy and invite the property owner or manager to list their property on the Clear Gains Housing Finder. There are also sample LTE and press releases that you or the property owner can use.

Media Resources

Coordinator Celebrating and Congratulating: Property Owner Announcing:

Public Housing

On February 6, 2017, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finalized a mandate that will require public housing developments to offer smoke-free living for their residents. This ruling offers an 18-month implementation phase. These resources are to familiarize yourself with the context and help with a smooth implementation of smoke-free policy.


HUD Resources

Hand Outs/Educational Resources


Refer to the frequently asked questions of coordinators or contact your contract administrator or state SFMUH lead:

Jaime Zach