HUD & Subsidized Housing

woman looking out window of subsidized housingAn official notice (PIH-2009-21 HA) issued on July 17, 2009 from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Public and Indian Housing and Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control "strongly encourages Public Housing Authorities to implement non-smoking policies in some or all of their public housing units."

The notice sites the American Lung Association's finding that "cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease in the United States." It states that secondhand smoke can "migrate between units in multifamily housing, causing respiratory illness, heart disease, cancer, and other adverse health effects in neighboring families."