Public Housing Nationwide Goes Smoke-Free
As the result of a new policy established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, all public housing throughout the country is now smoke-free. The policy went into effect July 30 although HACM implemented it July 1.
This rule will protect close to two million Americans nationwide from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, including 690,000 children.
Secondhand smoke exposure poses serious health threats to both children and adults. Damaging health effects in children and adults include lung cancer, respiratory infections, worsened asthma symptoms, heart attacks and stroke. For residents of multi-unit housing (e.g., apartment buildings and condominiums), secondhand smoke can be a major concern even if people don’t smoke in your unit, as smoke can migrate from other units and common areas and travel through doorways, cracks in walls, electrical lines, plumbing and ventilation systems.