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July 27, 2017

US Government to Ban Smoking in All Public Housing Developments – Except for Electronic Cigarettes


The Obama administration has issued a final rule, banning smoking in all public housing units nationwide, extending a smoke-free environment to nearly a million units. The final rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register. This new rule takes effect in 18 months.

Officials announced last Wednesday the banning of the usage of any cigarette products in all public houses, including all apartments, administrative offices, in 25-feet buildings, and indoor public areas. The Final Rule aims to ban is simple, to lower the exposure of Americans to second-hand cigarette smoke, which is the cause of many deaths in the United States.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that cigarette smoking is the top cause of preventable death and disease in America, causing over 480,000 deaths each year or 1 of each five deaths. With this, the government plans to lessen the exposure of people to secondhand cigarette smoke by banning any use of tobacco products in public houses. On Wednesday, US Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD) officials have officially announced the total banned from tobacco products use in all public housing developments in the United States.

The prohibition includes any use of cigars, hookahs, pipes and cigarettes in all US living units, except for electronic cigarettes. Government officials stated that secondhand smoke could enter an apartment from other lodgings through cracks, ventilation systems, plumbing, electrical lines and doorways. Activating ventilation systems, blowing fans and opening windows doesn’t remove secondhand cigarette smoke. In regards to electronic cigarettes or Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), HUD stated:

Some stated that the science on the harm caused by ENDS is not settled and therefore there is no justification at this time for including them in the policy, because prohibiting ENDS does not advance the proposed rule’s goals of improved health and savings on maintenance costs. (Docket No. FR 5597-F-03)

The ban is planned to protect netizens (read: internet users), especially children, from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke.  Julian Castro, Secretary of the Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD), stated:

Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke.. HUD’s smoke-free rule is a reflection of our commitment to using housing as a platform to create healthy communities. By working collaboratively with public housing agencies, HUD’s rule will create healthier homes for all of our families and prevent devastating and costly smoking-related fires.

Presently, over 228,000 public housing developments are smoke-free and the new regulation will upsurge that figure to more than 940,000 residential units. The ban will affect 2 million citizens, including over 300,000 senior citizens and 760,000 kids, living in over 940,000 public houses, the Parent Herald has learned.

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