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Development of a Smoke-Free Housing Policy in the Region of Waterloo


In April, 2010, the Region of Waterloo became the first Regional Municipality in Ontario to implement a policy with the goal of making all Regionally-owned and operated Community Housing units 100% smoke-free.

The L.E.A.R.N. document, The development of a smoke-free housing policy in the Region of Waterloo: Key success factors and lessons learned from practice, provides a detailed description of the steps taken to develop, implement and evaluate this policy. The Health Communication Unit’s (THCU) eight steps for policy development were used to guide the policy development process and these serve as the basis of the structure of the resource.

The resource aims to support public health practitioners who are interested in implementing a similar smoke-free policy in their own community. Throughout the document key success factors and lessons learned are identified.

Primary Toolkit:

Chronic Disease Prevention Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Air Quality, Chronic Disease, Environmental Justice, Health Policy, Tobacco, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

L.E.A.R.N. Project, Program Training and Consultation Centre, The Region of Waterloo Public Health





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