If you live in public housing and smoke cigarettes, you’re about to get a lifestyle change.
Smoking will be prohibited in public housing developments nationwide under a final rule announced Wednesday by HUD.
In announcing the ban, administration officials emphasized the dangers of secondhand smoke to children, saying it can increase the risk of asthma, ear infections, even sudden infant death syndrome.
“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy home free from harmful secondhand cigarette smoke,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said.
Healthcare groups including the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have long sought the ban because of the numerous illnesses secondhand smoke causes, including asthma attacks, respiratory infections and sudden infant death syndrome.
The ban is expected to affect two million Americans, including 760,000 children and more than 300,000 senior citizens who live in more than 940,000 public housing units, HUD said.
“This is about protecting the nation’s most vulnerable,” said Erika Sward, assistant vice president for National Advocacy at the American Lung Association. “No one should be exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes.”
Electronic cigarettes are exempt.