People living in public housing will no longer be allowed to smoke inside starting July 31.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the rule back in November 2016. The nationwide ban will affect more than 1.2 million households. The department said the rule improves indoor air quality, benefits the health of public housing residents, reduces the risk of catastrophic fires and lowers overall maintenance costs.
The rule makes it so people can not smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes or hookahs inside living units, indoor common areas, electrical closets, storage units and public housing authority administrative office buildings and in all outdoor areas within 25 feet of the housing and administrative office buildings. It does not include electronic cigarettes.
Supporters see the rule as a part of a campaign to prevent exposure to secondhand smoke. Critics say the rule places a burden on public housing residents, saying it is unfair to people with disabilities and the elderly.
You can read the full rule below.