Public housing nationwide goes smoke-free on Tuesday

NYC public housing buildings are now smoke-free

Smoking no longer allowed in NYC Public Housing

They say the rule will protect close to 2 million Americans across the country from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, including more than 18,000 in Wisconsin.

Resident can still smoke but, if they want to, they need to be at least 25 feet away from the building.

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.

ALS says they are working with public housing authorities to help make the transition to a smoke-free environment.

Smoking in federally-subsidized public housing is now prohibited.

Housing and Urban Development's ban on tobacco use inside public housing officially hit its roll-out deadline Tuesday. HUD also states that banning smoking from public housing facilities will save an estimated $497 million in health care costs for families and maintenance costs for housing authorities.

This is how it'll work: The new rule will be in the tenant's lease, along with information on how to quit smoking.

The HUD website's guidance for local housing authorities includes a procedure that ends with eviction for people who don't follow the rules.

HUD said the new policy would reduce health hazards from secondhand smoke and encourage residents to quit smoking.

Ince said residents were given ample time to prepare for the new rule and have their questions answered.

In Fort Worth, the ban will go into effect starting Wednesday, according to Fort Worth Housing Solutions president Mary-Margaret Lemons.

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