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New proposed rule to make all U.S. public housing smoke free

On November 12, Julian Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that HUD has issued a proposed rule to require Public Housing Authorities to implement smoke free policies in all public housing properties in order to protect the health and safety of all residents. According to HUD, making all public housing smoke free would:
  • Reduce secondhand smoke exposure and improve the health of 760,000 children living in public housing
  • Produce annual cost savings of $153 million, including $94 million in secondhand smoke related health care, $43 million in renovation of units with smoking damage, and $16 million in smoke-attributable fire losses
The proposed rule is open for public comment for 60 days. HUD encourages comments and they can be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal.

National HUD Smoke Free Talking Points
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