HUD Finalizes Rule Making All U.S. Public Housing Smoke-Free

On November 30, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that public housing developments in the U.S. will now be required to provide a smoke-free environment for their residents. HUD's new rule will provide resources and support to more than 3,100 Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) across the country to implement required smoke-free policies by mid-2018. For an overview of the final rule and other information, visit our Public & Subsidized Housing page.

Throughout 2016, HUD worked with PHAs and stakeholders collaboratively to finalize this rule, which no longer allows the use of “prohibited tobacco products” such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and waterpipes (hookah) in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and all outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. HUD's final rule included input from PHAs, housing and health partners, and tenant advocates. Read HUD's press release on the final rule.