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Public housing everywhere in the United States are now smoking free due to a new law from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The rule went into effect July 30th.
In November 2016, HUD the ruled that all federally-owned public housing be smoke free. Being that secondhand smoking it just as bad, the department hopes to protect close to 2 million people nationwide. The ban applies to any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, vapor device, cigarette or other lighted smoking device.
Violators will be given a warning. A fourth violation will result in eviction.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy life, and ensuing homes are free from the risks of secondhand smoke is a critical step for the health of residents,” said American Lung Association Health Promotion Specialist Julian Collins MS, CHES. “This is especially true for children and those who are more vulnerable to the impact of secondhand smoke, such as those living with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Today we’re making a healthier future for Ohio and our nation.”
Written by Clarke Jones