A nationwide ban on smoking in public housing facilities goes into effect on Tuesday, July 31.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the change in November of 2016. The rule prohibits smoking in any New York City public housing apartment or building or within 25 feet of the building. Each agency may also choose to ban electronic or e-cigarettes.More news: German Open - Leonardo Mayer returns to Hamburg final
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HUD's national smoke-free policy will save public housing agencies $153 million every year in repairs and preventable fires, including $94 million in secondhand smoke-related health care, $43 million in renovation of smoking-permitted units, and $16 million in smoking-related fire losses. But eviction after just one violation "is not grounds for eviction", and smoking on public housing premises is a civil violation, not a crime, the agency said in setting guidelines for local enforcement. "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". The new rule allows NYCHA staff and residents to report violations; enforcement will include an informal conversation to discuss the smoking ban along with the provision of educational materials.
According to HUD, housing authorities will save up to $38 million a year in reduced maintenance and reduce the fire risk by $38 million.More news: Has Barcelona's Colombia hero Yerry Mina dropped massive Manchester United hint?
The American Lung Association in OH says the ruling will protect close to two million Americans nationwide from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, including 690,000 children.More news: Danny Dyer congratulates daughter Dani on Love Island success