The smoking rate in the US has reached a record low. Veuers Natasha Abellard has the story.
Federal authorities have introduced a smoking ban rule Monday for all residents of public housing , a rule that Delaware has had for some time.
According to the Delaware National Housing Authority website, the scheme came into effect in August 2013 with the aim of "creating a healthier environment for all residents". The smoking ban applies to all buildings "closed or outdoors" and applies to tenants, guests, employees and service employees.
The national smoke-free policy adopted by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development concerns state-owned real estate in its public housing program.
WHO IS AFFECTED?
Residents of public housing must follow the new regulation
WHERE IS THE RULE?
The rule comes from internal policy-making by HUD, which oversees the federal government's affordable housing programs and funds local agencies.
According to the agency, the rule was released in December 2016, with a validity date in February 2017 – however, there was an 18-month implementation period. From Tuesday, July 31, all public housing associations must have a smoke-free policy.
It was developed in collaboration with the American Lung Association, which has led discussions on smoking smoking
"They have been considering it for a number of years," said Robert Moffitt, a spokesman for one of
WHY SMOKING IN THE PUBLIC HOUSING?
Beyond the obvious health risks of smoking, the federal authorities and association hope to limit the risks of secondhand smoke to non-smokers.  "There are quite a few people living in social housing who are very sensitive to secondhand smoke," Moffitt said. "Young children with asthma, people with lung disease, people with heart disease."
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