HUD Proposes Smoking Ban

Smoking would be prohibited inside public housing units under new rules from the Obama administration.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), along with the surgeon general, proposed new rules Thursday that would ban lit cigarettes, cigars and pipes from government-assisted housing projects for low-income families.

The smoking ban would protect hundreds of thousands of public housing residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, HUD noted.

“We have a responsibility to protect public housing residents from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, especially the elderly and children who suffer from asthma and other respiratory diseases,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro said in a statement.