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HUD to ban smoking in all public housing starting July 31

Smoking will be banned in public housing nationwide at end of July Public housing to be smoke free by end of July
Celia Hoffman | 14 July, 2018, 06:42

A nationwide ban on smoking in public housing facilities will take effect at the end of July, almost two years after the rule was passed.

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the smoking ban "improves indoor air quality in the housing; benefits the health of public housing residents, visitors, and PHA staff; reduces the risk of catastrophic fires; and lowers overall maintenance costs".

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

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The new rule gives public housing agencies 18 months to implement the ban.

HUD says about 228,000 public housing units under more than 600 local agencies have already gone smoke-free, and the new rule will wipe out smoking in more than 940,000 other units.

The final rule prohibits lit tobacco products in all living units and indoor common areas, and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative offices. "No level of secondhand smoke exposure is safe, and the home is the primary source of secondhand smoke for children".

Smokers can not smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes or water pipes also known as hookas in their rooms.

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