HUD proposes smoking ban in public housing, citing dangers of secondhand smoke

November 12, 2015 4:51 PM

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HUD proposes smoking ban in public housing, citing dangers of secondhand smoke

The government is seeking to ban smoking in all of the nation’s 1.2 million public housing units, the latest step in a decades-long crackdown on tobacco products that help kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.

In its proposed rule, announced Thursday, the Department of Housing and Urban Development would require more than 3,100 public housing agencies to go smoke-free within several years. The agencies must design policies prohibiting lit tobacco products in all living units, indoor common areas, administ...

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