Smoking ban in effect at all public housing across US

Smoking ban in effect at all public housing across US

Smoking is no longer allowed in New York City public housing. The new ban is expected to eliminate smoking in over 940,000 more units.

In November 2016, then U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced the effort to provide all public housing residents, including children, with a "safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke".

Residents of public housing across the USA have filed lawsuits fighting the ban, claiming the ban is arbitrary and is an abuse of HUD's discretion.

All lit tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes in all public housing living units, common areas, and offices are banned under the rule.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made the ruling back of February of past year and provided an 18-month implementation period.

HUD said its smoke-free rule would reduce damage and maintenance costs associated with smoking, saving the agency an estimated $153 million in repairs and preventable fires.

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

Several hundred thousand NYCHA residents are now barred from smoking in their apartments, hallways or even outside. As part of the new Smoke-Free NYCHA policy, smoking cessation materials and palm cards are being made available to any resident seeking help thanks to NYCHA's partnership with DOHMH, NYC Smoke-Free and other partners.

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