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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%
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 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.