Smokefree Social Housing

Smokefree Social Housing

Smokefree social housing environments can improve tenants’ health and  wellbeing.

A smokefree social housing policy can result in wins for tenants, housing providers, and the wider community.

Tools available to assist you


These tools and templates are provided to assist you with the design and implementation of a suitably comprehensive smokefree social housing policy.

The tools are examples only - they may be freely modified and tailored to your organisation’s specific requirements. We recommend that you include your organisation’s logo and format the templates using your own organisation’s style guide or letterhead.

Download Frequently Asked Questions on smokefree social housing [30KB Word document]

The following staff training presentation is provided as a starting point only. We suggest that you add your own specific information describing:

  • your approach to communications,
  • any potential issues with compliance and breaches, and
  • a standardised approach to the provision of stop smoking support.

Download the smokefree housing staff training presentation [1.7MB PowerPoint file].

Get in touch with Smokefree Canterbury if you develop any tools or templates that may be helpful to others.

SFSocialHousingToolkitDownload the Smokefree Social Housing Toolkit [1.36MB PDF].

The Toolkit provides information, templates and checklists to assist you to engage with your staff, partner organisations, and your tenants, as you move towards the goal of becoming smokefree.

Contact Smokefree Canterbury if you have any feedback or questions about this toolkit and/or would like support to become smokefree. You can also phone 03 364 1777.

This toolkit is the winner of the 2017 Australasian Housing Institute Professional Excellence in Housing Award for the “Leading Innovation” category in New Zealand.


Smokefree Social Housing Disclaimer

These webpages and the Toolkit document include an interpretation of selected clauses from the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 and the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990. The summary and interpretation does not reproduce these clauses and must not be taken or used as legal advice.

It is recommended that organisations obtain independent legal advice relevant to their specific circumstances and intent. Although the Canterbury District Health Board has taken reasonable steps to ensure that the information is accurate, it accepts no liability or responsibility for any acts or omissions, done or omitted in reliance in whole or in part, on the information presented within this summary or elsewhere within these webpages or the Toolkit document.

The Canterbury District Health Board accepts no responsibility for the manner in which this information is subsequently used.