Published: 22nd Nov 2018

Not enough is being done to ensure that major council housing regeneration projects are smoke-free, according to an investigation into smoking in council homes. The report by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) argues that councils should be more aspirational about smoke-free environments within new developments with many professionals and politicians interviewed for the report feeling that new developments and regeneration activity created opportunities to change social norms around smoking. One unnamed politician interviewed said if a tenant was moving from an old flat to a new build, it should be an opportunity to encourage them to quit smoking. ‘When you have new housing there’s an opportunity to shift the rules a bit. It could be a teachable moment,’ they said. The wide-ranging report also says there is an appetite for more action to reduce smoking in local communities among both private and social tenants, and landlords should take a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)