Smoking ban in all public housing takes effect nationwide

Smoking ban in all public housing takes effect nationwide

Smoking ban in all public housing takes effect nationwide

A new policy is banning smoking from inside and around public housing throughout the United States, including Ohio.

According to the American Lung Association, a new smokefree housing rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will protect as many as 15,000 RI families who are now living in public housing communities from secondhand smoke. Those results, and research indicating how much money could be saved, were enough to forbid any smoking in public housing.

The Albany Housing Authority provides support for their residents to stop smoking.

The housing authority has undertaken a variety of measures-from forums to the NYC HelpMeQuit app-to help residents quit smoking.

She'll now have to walk farther to light up-at least 25 feet away from building entrances and not inside her apartment.

The smoking ban is drawing a mixed reaction. Smokers can choose not to go to the gazebo, but their only other option is the sidewalk.

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In response to the new rule, an anti-smoking group called the Truth Initiative lauded regulators for stepping up and enacting protections for consumer health that include restrictions on more than just cigarettes.

The rule prohibits the use of tobacco products in public housing living units, indoor common areas, and in administrative office buildings.

Residents received notice of planned lease changes in January and a lease addendum in the spring.

Ince said residents were given ample time to prepare for the new rule and have their questions answered.

"This HUD rule is estimated to save somewhere between $95 million in health care costs".

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