Register today for the Ochsner Smoking Cessation Trust

Ochsner is pleased to kick off 2017 with the announcement of our Ochsner Smoking Cessation Clinic, a Department of Ochsner Medical Center! Our smoking cessation clinic will offer free or reduced pricing for patients for services to help them kick their smoking habit for good!

Ochsner is partnering with the Smoking Cessation Trust to offer free or reduced cost counseling and medications for anyone wanting to make a healthy lifestyle change. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States with 400,000 lives lost and more than 3 Billion dollars in health care cost and productivity losses in Louisiana alone.

Tell me more. What are the next steps to get started?

IMPORTANT NOTE: To be a part of the free or reduced program, you must have started smoking prior to 1988 and be a Louisiana resident. If you believe you or your spouse/domestic partner fit in this category follow these next steps:

Step 1: Contact 504-842-7490 or 1-844-371-5806 to speak to a Smoking Cessation Coordinator.

If you qualify for the free or reduced program, you’ll have access to cessation medications, individual/group counseling, telephone quit line support, a Quit Coach and more.

When will the clinic be opening?
The Ochsner Smoking Cessation Clinic is open.

Where will the clinic be located?
Clinics are located everywhere. Call 504-842-7490 or 1-844-371-5806 to find a clinic near you.

What exactly is the Smoking Cessation Trust?
In late 2011, the final judgment in a 14-year-old class action lawsuit (Scott v. American Tobacco Company) ordered certain tobacco companies to fund a 10-year statewide smoking cessation program. The new program will benefit more than 200,000 Louisiana smokers – members of the plaintiff class referred to as the Scott Class, which is defined in the judgment as all Louisiana residents who developed a smoking habit before September 1, 1988. In 2012, the court-established and court-supervised Smoking Cessation Trust (SCT) began work to set up the cessation program as planned, using funds provided by those tobacco companies. Any current Louisiana resident who was a smoker prior to September 1, 1988, and wants to stop smoking cigarettes can apply for Scott Class membership today by completing a one-page application for benefits for their card.

If you have more questions about becoming tobacco free at Ochsner, email

If you have more questions about how the Smoking Cessation Trust works, you can contact them directly through the resources on our exclusive Ochsner website for the Smoking Cessation Trust.

FEEDBACK REQUESTED: Addendum to resident leases

The following is being considered as an addendum to our residents’ leases. Please leave feedback in the comments below or contact us to if you have feedback.

Addendum to the SCPHA Lease
(To be inserted in the Resident Lease after Part I, Section IX, (aa)

(ab) Effective June 1, 2017, all existing and future residents of the St. Charles Parish Housing Authority, in accordance with HUD’s Final Rule issued under the 24 CFR, Parts 965 and 966 and SCPHA Resolutions # 17-01-24-42 (Establishment of the SCPHA New Non-Smoking Policy) and # [To Be Determined] (Establishment of a Penalty System for Violation of the Non-Smoking Rules) are advised to comply with the changes in place regarding the establishment of a Non-Smoking Community Environment in SCPHA. On January 10, 2017 SCPHA began its transition to a non-Smoking Community Environment with an expectation of having the transition completed by July 2018.

  • Residents must abide by all aspects of this Rule, SCPHA Resolutions, the ACOP
  • Prohibited use of all lit tobacco products inside all units, common areas, SCPHA Administrative offices, and within 25 feet of buildings
  • Prohibited use of all hookahs (or water pipes) inside all units, common areas, SCPHA Administrative offices, and within 25 feet of buildings

Violations will be issued as necessary with accompanying warnings and fines, including possible evictions.

Programs are available to those interested in stopping the smoking habit.

Fair Housing Notice

Fair Housing. It’s Right. It’s Fair. It’s for Everyone!

It’s Not an Option. It’s the LAW

Equal Housing Opportunity

Discrimination Complaint Hotline: 1-800-669-9777

Temporary employment notice

The St. Charles Parish Housing Authority invites interested parties to apply for temporary employment (60 – 90 days) in rehabilitating and turning over units for re-occupancy. Applicants should be skilled or semi-skilled in the areas of Carpentry, plumbing, flooring, painting and electrical areas and willing to work on a team with minimal supervision up to 10 days at one time. Wages will be based on skills and experience and must be negotiated and agreed prior to the work. Interested parties should contact the authority by telephone or fax at the numbers listed and indicate their interest in this work. Your call will be returned and a meeting will be set to discuss the matter. The deadline for contacting the Agency is June 5, 2017.

Benjamin Bell, Exec. Dir.
St. Charles Parish Housing Authority
P. O. Box 448
200 Boutte Estates Drive, Boutte, LA. 70039
Tel: 985-785-2601, Fax: 985-785-6238

REMINDER: Second Transition to a Non-Smoking Environment is May 10

This is a reminder to the St. Charles Parish Housing Authority Residents for our second Transition to a Non-Smoking Environment meeting. At the first meeting, we attempted to answer questions and provide information regarding the transition and helpful resources. Our speakers were trained professionals who freely gave information and requested that residents contact them for assistance. We will continue that effort at the second meeting.

Please plan to come out and share your concerns, experiences and ideas. We will make this transition together. Thank you in advance for your interest and support.

The second agency-wide smoking cessation meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling.

SCP Housing Authority to phase in implementation of no smoking rule

To All SCPHA Residents:

On Jan. 18, 2017, the first notice was sent to residents expressing the intent of the St. Charles Parish Housing Authority to establish a mandated “Smoke Free Policy and Environment within 18 months. Smoking will be prohibited throughout all public housing properties, in the units and within 25 feet of SCPHA buildings or other properties. The Final Rule: “Instituting Smoke-Free Public Housing” was issued Dec. 5, 2016 under the 24 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 965 and 966 and a SCPHA Board of Commissioners’ Resolution #17-01-24-42 passed Jan. 24, 2017.

As a followup to that letter, the St. Charles Parish Housing Authority has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the features of the proposed SCPHA Policy and to provide information and resources to help residents to stop smoking. We recognize that for many to stop a habit that has been going on for years will be difficult. Because of that, we need time to adjust to this new way of living in public housing. It is emphasized that HUD is not prohibiting smoking or the use of smoking paraphernalia etc., but has banned smoking on all public housing properties. Residents are encouraged to work with SCPHA to make this a reality. For many it will be very difficult, but together we will make it easier.

A Spring General Discussion Meeting is scheduled to begin publicly discussing this issue. This HUD mandate is unfunded and must be established using the housing authority’s existing resources. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m., March 7 at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling. At this meeting, guests and resource personnel will present some examples of available help to assist residents in making this transition.

The new rule does not and will not prohibit residents from smoking. It will prohibit smoking in or near public housing property. Please contact the SCPHA Office with all concerns (985-785-2601).

Benjamin R. Bell, Executive Director

Little Free Libraries bring books to children

A Little Free Library is a national movement where anyone can build a small box or kiosk that can resemble a nicely decorated birdhouse, place it in a community and fill it with free books that can be shared among people who live there.

The library can be as basic or elaborate as desired and the books inside depend on who uses them.

Read more about the St. Charles Parish Housing Authority’s Little Free Library in the Herald-Guide here.