Evaluation of a smoke-free policy in permanent supportive housing

Assistant Professor in Residence

In partnership with one of the largest permanent supportive housing programs for homeless and low-income adults with special needs in San Diego County, we will conduct a pre- and post-policy evaluation a smoke-free policy that includes restrictions on smoking in indoor and shared outdoor areas. The study will examine tobacco use behaviors, exposure to secondhand smoke, knowledge of, adherence to, and attitudes toward the smoke-free policy among the clientele of 4 permanent supportive housing programs. The study will examine self-reported change in exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco use behaviors after the policy implemenation. The study has the potential to provide insights into the implementation and evaluation of smoke-free policies in housing for low-income adults.