On November 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro announced a final rule to restrict smoking in public housing. More than 3,100 public housing agencies all across the country will be smoke-free within 18 months. This rule will help improve the health of more than 2 million residents, including 760,000 children. It’s estimated to save $153 million each year in healthcare costs, cleaning, repairs, and fires attributed to smoking.
HUD Announces Smoke-Free Final Ruling
Why smoke-free housing matters: an infographic from HUD
HUD press release and links to resources
Highlights of the smoke-free ruling
Full text of HUD’s smoke-free ruling
A message from HUD Secretary Julián Castro on the November 12, 2015 proposed smoke-free public housing rule