Smoking ban to go in effect for public housing July 31

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A new rule being implemented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development aims to eliminate smoking inside public housing.

The policy also extends to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the public housing and administrative office buildings.

Senior director of health promotions for the American Lung Association Pat McKone says this rule will protect nearly two million Americans nationwide, including 690,000 children from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes.

The new policy only applies to all lit tobacco products and does not include e-cigarettes. Not to mention, they estimate it will save public housing agencies $153 million in costs related to healthcare and repairs.

That policy started when HUD sent out a survey to public housing agencies across the country.

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Many senior citizens were around during the time when there were no bans on smoking, allowing consumers to smoke in places like restaurants and non-hospitality workplaces.

Montgomery said smoke can travel through vents and other openings in apartment-style public housing and could impact the health of other residents.

Smoking in public housing across the USA has been snuffed out.

"This HUD rule is estimated to save somewhere between $95 million in health care costs". The Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Association buildings have been smoking free since April 2017. "Them trying to tell you you can't smoke in your apartment or wherever", Tequita Brown said.

"Residents have been required to sign new leases acknowledging the new policy and staff will continue to provide smoking cessation program information to residents as requested", Lemons said.