HUD to ban smoking in public housing starting today

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Smoking will no longer be allowed in public housing starting on July 31.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department announced that change back in November 2016. However, Public Housing Agencies had until July 31, 2018 to comply, according to WBIR.

The smoke-free rule is part of a plan to reduce damage and maintenance costs tied to smoking. It also aims to reduce secondhand smoke and lower the risk of fire accidents.

Smoking will also not be allowed within 25 feet of those buildings.

HUD says that at least 600 of the 3,100 Public Housing Agencies across the country already have smoke-free policies in place.