Gail Davis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Document Type

Major Paper


School of Nursing




This project analyzes the impact of smoke-free family public housing on the respiratory health of children ages 0 – 12. The purpose of this pilot correlational study was to examine the relationship between the initiation of smoke-free policies in family public housing units and health outcomes in children 0 - 12 years. A comprehensive literature review of environmental tobacco health risks and tobacco-free public housing policy is presented. Two theoretical frameworks which guided the project, the Social Ecological Model and the Health Impact Pyramid, are described with an emphasis on health policy as a significant catalyst for positive health outcomes. The methodology, which includes a convenience sample of Neighborhood Health Plan of RI (NHPRI) claims for a cohort of children 0 – 12 years old living in selected smoke-free family public housing units in Providence, RI, was reviewed. Claims data pre and post housing policy change were evaluated to determine whether the implementation of smoking bans in family public housing units in the City of Providence were associated with a decrease in claims of hospitalizations and sick visits for respiratory diseases/illnesses in a cohort of children insured by NHPRI who lived in these units.

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Nursing Commons