The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is banning smoking in all public housing facilities.
The smoking ban was first announced back in November 2016, but housing agencies had until July 31, 2018, to enact it.
The ban will prohibit residents from smoking inside public housing buildings across the nation, or anywhere within 25 feet of a building. Electronic or e-cigarettes are included in the ban.
HUD said the ban will help reduce damage and maintenance costs for public housing, as well cutting down on secondhand smoke.
Smoking in any area where it is not allowed will be treated as a lease violation, HUD’s website states.
So far, HUD said about 600 of its public housing agencies have already implemented smoke-free policies.