The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is in the process of banning smoking in all public housing units across the nation at the end of July.
All Public Housing Agencies have until July 31 to implement the smoke-free policies according to information from HUD in Washington, DC.
What does this mean? The information being provided by the agency states that smoking will no longer be allowed inside public housing nationwide.
Locally the ban will affect thousands of people who live in the public housing sector of the community.
The ban ultimately will prohibit the use of cigarettes, cigars, and pipes in all public housing units and common areas, as well as an outdoor area within 25 feet of public housing grounds starting July 31.
The federal directive was approved back in 2016 but the agency had given all local public housing authorities 48 months to implement measures and begin enforcement by July 31.
The new rule will be addressed as part of the public housing contracts with informational brochures on the importance of quitting smoking.
Tenants who break the rule multiple times and are caught will be subject to eviction.
The ban will impact more than 940,000 public housing units across the country.