All U.S. Public Housing Will Go Smoke-Free by 2018

All U.S. Public Housing Will Go Smoke-Free by 2018
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its final rule to require more than 3,100 public housing agencies across the country to implement smoke-free policies in their developments. The rule, which gives public housing agencies 18 months to comply, will prohibit lit tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and waterpipes, in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. A statement from Chris Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), follows:“By eliminating secondhand smoke exposure in public housing units,more than 2 million U.S. residents living in public housing will breathe clean, smoke-free air where they live, improving the health of an estimated 760,000 children and more than 300,000 senior citizens. “In addition to giving everyone the right to smoke-free air, smoke-free public housing will also encourage resident cigarette smokers to...
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