Supporting tenants to quit smoking delivers multiple benefits beyond just health, and can make an important contribution to tackling poverty.
A report published by Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) offers a number of recommendations to address higher smoking rates. This includes working with local social housing providers as part of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy. It also recommends that local stop smoking services collaborate with housing, regeneration, social landlords, and others to target support in communities where smoking is highly concentrated.
ASH has published a communications resource for local housing providers to publicise their commitment to tackling smoking in the home, including the Achieving a Smokefree Generation for Every Home pledge.
The ASH ‘smoking in the home’ webinar brings together key stakeholders from health, housing, academia, and the fire service to share key findings and recommendations from the ASH report ‘Smoking in the home: new solutions for a smokefree generation’. It includes best practice case studies from local authorities and the fire service, alongside a presentation from Lee Sugden, co-chair of the report and Chief Executive of Salix Homes.
Using Very Brief Advice to address smoking
Addressing smoking doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complex. It can be done in 30 seconds by delivering Very Brief Advice:
Ask the person about their current smoking status
Advise the person on the harms from smoking and the help available to support them to quit
Act by referring the person to a local service
Very Brief Advice isn’t a box-ticking exercise, it’s an evidence-based intervention which works.
Training all professionals engaging with social housing residents to deliver this 30 second intervention and to refer residents to local support would allow help to be targeted where it’s needed most, reducing inequalities and alleviating poverty.
Check the health professionals page for more information on brief interventions and stop smoking training for professionals.