Technical Paper 2:
Tobacco Control in Australia: making smoking history
For people who are homeless, quitting smoking could make the difference between saving for a bond in rental accommodation or being selected or not selected for a room in shared housing. Overseas pilot projects suggest that counselling and NRT have some potential for assisting these most disadvantaged smokers.[433, 434]
For people not yet homeless but in housing crisis or housing stress, quitting smoking could provide the extra funds that could make the difference between defaulting on a mortgage or eviction, and keeping a family home.
Idea for consideration
Ensure that all human service agencies are smoke-free.
Provide vouchers to receive free NRT from the Quitline to smokers in housing stress and those seeking emergency housing; to those seeking government rent assistance, direct lending and mortgage relief programs; and to clients of home purchase advisory and counselling services.
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