A qualitative evaluation of 40 voluntary, smoke-free, multiunit, housing policy campaigns in California.
Bottom Line: This paper examines California state-funded smoke-free MUH policy campaigns between 2004 and 2010.The aforementioned steps tended to be intertwined, and successfully securing voluntary smoke-free MUH policy required a strategic but flexible plan of implementation prior to entrance into the field.Campaigns designed to enhance voluntary smoke-free MUH policy adoption should underscore the economic viability of such policies during each strategic step.
Affiliation: Center for Program Design & Evaluation at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Forty campaigns sought a voluntary change in MUH policy (16 in 2004–2007 and 24 in 2007–2010). Each identified a target number of complexes to adopt a particular type of policy; some targeted apartment complexes with high numbers of priority population tenants. Successful policies varied along a continuum of stringency and varied over time and by target population (figure 1). Some campaigns sought adoption of smoke-free common areas, such as children's play areas and shared laundry facilities, which is the least stringent policy option. Other campaigns sought to allocate a proportion of apartment units as smoke-free, with changes to the leases indicating the new rules and an enforcement policy. We categorised these as fewer than 50%, or 50% or more of units in the complex as smoke-free. Three agencies achieved 100% of units as smoke-free in five complexes. Eight agencies achieved smoke-free common areas in addition to some proportion of units as smoke-free.
Affiliation: Center for Program Design & Evaluation at Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA.