The Department of Housing and Urban Development is announcing a proposed ban on smoking in public housing nationwide, according to The New York Times.
The ban would affect almost one million households.
Under the proposed ban, common areas and administrative offices on public housing property would also be smoke free, the article notes. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) would feel the greatest impact of the ban. More than 400,000 people live in about 178,000 apartments in NYCHA buildings.
More than 600 agencies, which encompass more than 200,000 households, have banned indoor smoking since the federal government began to encourage smoking bans in public housing in 2009. Federal officials say smoking bans protect residents from secondhand smoke, reduce the risk of fires and lower costs of building maintenance. Secondhand smoke can travel through walls and under doors.
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