SMOKING IS BANNED FROM ALL PUBLIC HOUSING STARTING JULY 31st

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The ban from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department was announced back in November 2016 but gave Public Housing Agencies until July 31, 2018 to comply.

A nationwide ban on smoking in public housing facilities will take effect at the end of July, almost two years after the rule was passed. The new rule will expand the impact to more than 940,000 units.

The smoke-free policy also extends to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the public housing and administrative office buildings.

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In announcing the ban, administration officials emphasized the dangers of secondhand smoke to children, saying it can increase the risk of asthma, ear infections, even sudden infant death syndrome. In addition to this policy, each housing agency can create more smoke free areas if they want.

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in 2014 that the smoking ban would save government housing agencies $153 million a year in repairs and health care costs, including $16 million for costs tied to smoking-related fires. Vaporizers or e-cigs are not included in the ban.

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