Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Smoking will be banned in public housing nationwide

Smoking will be banned in public housing nationwide

This "smoke-free" policy bans the use of prohibited tobacco products in all public housing living units, indoor common areas in public housing, and in public housing agency (PHA) administrative office buildings.

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been encouraging local public agencies to enact smoking bans, and some 228,000 public housing units were already smoke-free.

"Smoking in any area where it is not allowed will be treated as a lease violation", HUD's website states.

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HUD said the ban will help reduce damage and maintenance costs for public housing, as well cutting down on secondhand smoke.

"Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy home free from harmful secondhand cigarette smoke", HUD Secretary Julián Castro said.

As part of the policy, no smoking will be allowed inside any public housing buildings or within 25 feet of those buildings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in 2014 that the smoking ban would save government housing agencies $153 million a year in repairs and health care costs, including $16 million for costs tied to smoking-related fires. Electronic cigarettes may also be banned indoors.

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