COMMENTS TO HUD ON SMOKE-FREE PUBLIC HOUSING
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a proposed rule to make public housing authorities smoke-free. NAQC has developed comments that are supportive of this proposed rule, and requests your review and feedback on the comments. Please submit all comments by Friday, January 15. NAQC’s final comments will be submitted to HUD on Tuesday, January 19th.
If you or your organization submit separate comments, please share a copy with us at NAQC@naquitline.org.
Overview of the Proposed Rule: The proposed rule would require each public housing agency (PHA) administering public housing to implement a smoke-free policy no later than 18 months from the effective date of the final rule. Each PHA must implement a policy prohibiting lit tobacco products in all living units, indoor common areas in public housing, and in PHA administrative office buildings (in brief, a smoke-free policy for all public housing indoor areas). The smoke-free policy must also extend to all outdoor areas up to 25 feet from the housing and administrative office buildings. HUD proposes implementation of smoke-free public housing to improve indoor air quality in the housing, benefit the health of public housing residents and PHA staff, reduce the risk of catastrophic fires, and lower overall maintenance costs. Approximately 1.2 million adults live in the 700,000 housing units affected by the proposed rule.
We look forward to hearing back from you.
Linda A. Bailey, JD, MHS
President and CEO
North American Quitline Consortium