The Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) is the largest public housing authority in Illinois to go 100 percent smoke-free. Effective Dec. 1, 2015, HACC implemented smoke-free protections at all 23 of its family, senior and high-rise properties – totaling 1,800 public housing units and 200 multi-family units – in advance of anticipated deadlines proposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). More than 3,500 residents and their guests will now breathe easier as a result of these smoke-free Healthy HotSpots. Read the press release.

Expected health benefits

As a result of going smoke-free, about 1,800 people will be spared from exposure to secondhand smoke and 550 people will quit.

Learn more about the HACC going smoke-free. Read the full success story.