Smoke-Free Public Housing:
Healthier and Safer Living for Minnesotans

Learn about the new smoke-free public housing rule and find free tools for smoke-free living.

Welcome to Minnesota's smoke-free public housing portal, a resource for Minnesota public housing agencies (PHAs) and residents! Here you will find free tools to help PHAs and residents transition to smoke free in accordance with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) smoke-free public housing rule.


The HUD smoke-free public housing rule requires all public housing to implement or update smoke-free policies by July 31, 2018 in order to protect the health and safety of all residents and staff, lower maintenance costs, and reduce the risk of deadly and costly fires.

More about HUD's rule



In the News


  • Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke.

    Former Secretary Julián Castro, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • This change will help protect some of the most vulnerable people in our state – children and older adults – and will encourage more people to quit smoking.

    Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Former Minnesota Commissioner of Health

  • I think it’s good the apartment complex is changing to non-smoking. I have asthma and bronchitis and the secondhand smoke affects me. It’s surprising how much smoke gets into another apartment.

    Leona, Resident