STATES CHRONICLE – The efforts of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development have paid off as smoking in public housing will be prohibited. More precisely, the New Britain Housing Authority has one year and a half to announce all residents that they can’t use tobacco products indoors.
HUD officials aim to spread this initiative to many local communities across the country. This way, the United States might become smoke-free in ten years. Smoking bans were introduced by public agencies in around 228,000 units throughout the U.S. so far.
Thanks to the new policy, smoking will be prohibited to every public housing across the country. More precisely, smokers won’t be allowed to use tobacco products in roughly 940,000 units, based on HUD’s latest report.
Therefore, residents can’t smoke indoors or outdoors within a 25-foot-area of administrative and housing offices. Some locals believe that although the smoking ban is a good idea, people will hardly stick to it.
However, the NBHA will constantly monitor 803 units. Also, other 3,100 public housing agencies in the country have eighteen months to introduce the new smoke-free regulations, according to the HUD officials.
NBHA Chair Peter Steele says that although the agency hasn’t been officially announced about the updated policy yet, they will comply anyway. Many people hail the new regulation because it will play a major role in preventing kids from being exposed to the toxic second-hand smoke, which increases the risk of many health conditions, including asthma, cancer, and bronchitis.
Based on the estimates, smoking is the top preventable death cause worldwide. Also, lung cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer across the United States because human lungs face the highest exposure to the toxic cigarette smoke which contains at least 61 carcinogens.
It is worth mentioning that children breathe much faster than adults, so they inhale more toxic particles. The cigarette smoke becomes odorless and invisible in a couple of minutes but lingers in the air.
According to Julian Castro, the HUD Secretary, children deserve to grow up in a healthy and smoke-free environment. In addition to this, the new law will reduce the number of fires related to smoking in public housing.
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