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Smoking to Be Prohibited in Public Housing Developments Nationwide

Tax on tobacco. File photo dated 18/06/07 of a pack of cigarettes. MPs are urging Chancellor George Osborne to raise tax on tobacco to help persuade smokers to quit. Issue date: Sunday October 11, 2015. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health wants the annual rate on tobacco to be increased from 2% above inflation to 5%. See PA story HEALTH Tobacco. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire URN:24401534
Martin Rickett—PA Wire/AP A pack of cigarettes in a file photo from June 18, 2007.

The rule will affect more than 940,000 units

(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration has announced a final rule prohibiting smoking in public housing developments nationwide.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development says more than 228,000 public housing units are already smoke-free. The rule HUD announced Wednesday will expand the impact to more than 940,000 units.

The final rule prohibits lit tobacco products in all living units and indoor common areas, and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative offices. The new rule gives public housing agencies 18 months to implement the ban.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the smoke-free policy will save housing agencies $153 million every year in repairs, preventable fires and health care costs. That amount includes $16 million in costs associated with smoking-related fires.

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