New Rule Protects Health and Safety in Public Housing

Tobacco Settlement Money

LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ)- There’s a new rule taking effect today that protects health and safety in public housing by providing a smoke-free environment for residents.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro says the new rule provides resources and support to more than 3,100 public housing agencies to implement required smoke-free policies.

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The rule bans the use of tobacco products in all public housing living units, indoor common areas in public housing, electrical closets, storage units, and public housing administrative office buildings.

The smoke-free policy must also extend to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the administrative office buildings.

The policy could cost the federal government as much as 30 million dollars per year.