On July 31st, the Department of Housing and Urban Development banned smoking in or near public housing. In 2016, the Obama administration passed this rule, and now the government finally implemented it. 

This ban prohibits cigars, cigarettes, and pipes in public housing and common areas. This excludes e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff. According to the department, around 280,000 public housing units under over six hundred local agencies claimed to be smoke-free already. However, this ban now prohibits smoking in 940,000 other units.

NO-SMOKING BAN IN PUBLIC HOUSING COULD SAVE THE GOVERNMENT MONEY

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about $153 million is expected to be saved because of the banning. This includes an additional $16 million for smoking-related fire costs. 

Public housing tenants’ leases must include this ban. If multiple smoking violations occur, tenants could face eviction. 

HUD believes that this policy could reduce secondhand smoking. This will improve the environment, and could even encourage people to quit smoking for good.