Nationwide Public Housing Smoking Ban Goes Into Effect Today

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development is putting a ban into effect on Tuesday that will prohibit smoking in public housing.

The ban was first established in November 2016, but housing agencies had until today (July 31, 2018) to enact it.

HUD says the ban will reduce damage and maintenance costs for public housing. According to HUD, the ban will also help cut down on secondhand smoke.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that about one-third of multi-unit housing residents reported experiencing secondhand smoke that involuntarily entered their home from other areas on their building.

According to the ban, residents will not be allowed to smoke inside public housing buildings, or anywhere within 25 feet of a building. Electronic or e-cigarettes are included in the ban.

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