HUD Weighs Smoking Ban in Public Housing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is inching closer to making public housing completely smoke-free.

Last year, HUD announced its intention to ban properties of having tobacco-based products, saying the dangers of second-hand smoke prompted such action.

HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy announced a proposed rule this week to make the nation’s public housing properties completely smoke-free. If approved, that would require 3,100 public housing agencies to ban smoking within 18 months. The agencies would be required to initiate policies that prohibit lit tobacco products in all living units, indoor common areas, and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings.

HUD is currently seeking public comment on the proposed rule for the next 60 days.

Source: “HUD Is About to Ban Smoking in Housing,” HousingWire (Nov. 12, 2015)