U.S. Will Ban Smoking in Public Housing Nationwide

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A smoker outside of the Melrose Houses in the Bronx. The federal smoking rule will have the biggest implications in New York, which has the nation’s largest public housing agency.

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Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

Smoking will be prohibited in public housing residences nationwide under a federal rule announced on Wednesday.

Officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development said that the rule would take effect early next year, but that public housing agencies would have a year and a half to put smoke-free policies in place. The rule will affect more than 1.2 million households, the officials said, although some 200,000 homes already come under smoking bans adopted voluntarily by hundreds of public housing agencies around the country.

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