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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Announces Final Smoke-Free Rule

November 30, 2016

On Wednesday, November 30, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its final rule on smoke-free public housing. The rule requires all 3,100 Public Housing Agencies in the U.S. to implement smoke-free policies over the next 18 months. The policy is intended to improve the health of more than 2 million public housing residents, including 76,000 children. In addition, it's expected to save an estimated $153 million in health care, home/facility repair, and fire costs attributed to smoking.

The rule prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookah (waterpipes) in all living units, indoor common areas and administrative areas. However, the rule does not include electronic cigarettes.

Smoke-Free HUD Final Rule Backgrounder_11.30.16

Read the HUD press release