Public housing to be smoke free by end of July

Desiree Burns
July 14, 2018

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. The new rule will expand the impact to more than 940,000 units.

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

The ban was passed under the Obama administration in November 2016.

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The Hazard Housing Authority has HUD housing available and has already implemented the new policy.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development ban on smoking in public housing is set to go into effect at the end of the month. Each housing agency can also create additional smoke-free areas if they choose. That amount includes $16 million in costs associated with smoking-related fires.

"Protecting people from secondhand smoke saves lives and saves money", said CDC Director Tom Frieden. Vaporizers or e-cigs are not included in the ban.

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