NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Starting July 31, smoking will no longer be allowed in public housing nationwide.
This ban was announced in November 2016 from U.S. Housing and Urban Development but Public Housing Agencies were given until July 31 to abide by the new rule.
The policy states that no smoking will be allowed within 25 feet of any public housing or inside the building. In addition to this policy, each housing agency can create more smoke free areas if they want.
HUD said that smoking can cause the maintenance costs to increase, so this smoke-free rule will help reduce damage tied to smoking as well as lower the risk of accidental fires.
The rule was originally announced in 2016, at which time at least 600 of HUD's more than 3,100 Public Housing agencies already had smoke-free policies in place.
For more information on the new policy visit Nashville HUD Office's site here.
For a full look at the policy click here.