HUD Requires Residents to go Smoke Free

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In November 2016, then U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced the effort to provide all public housing residents, including children, with a "safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke".

The policy was announced two years ago by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but the agency gave the nation's more than 3,300 local public housing authorities almost two years to begin enforcement.

The American Lung Association applauds the new rule issued by the Trump administration, which the health organization says "recognizes the serious health threat posed by secondhand smoke, and its ability to linger in rooms and even travel between homes in multi-unit housing".

It will affect more than 3,100 public-housing agencies across the nation.

The city's public housing buildings are now smoke-free.

In Fort Worth, the ban will go into effect starting Wednesday, according to Fort Worth Housing Solutions president Mary-Margaret Lemons.

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As of Monday, smoking is not allowed inside NYCHA apartments, inside common areas, and within 25 feet of the buildings. The Truth Initiative urged federal housing officials not to use eviction as a punishment, suggesting enforcement include education and smoking cessation options.

Keep in mind, it doesn't apply to e-cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco.

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

Alachua County Housing Authority's began this past January.

"I think this will be one of the hardest rules to follow", Perry Rumnit, Jr., a NYCHA resident, says in a promotional video for the policy.

Tenants who break the rules under the new smoking ban, risk being evicted after three violations.